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Naturally dyed cotton fabrics shaped into abstract origami figures by Sipho Mabona

Using naturally dyed cotton and exploring transformation through origami, Lucerne, Switzerland-based artist Sipho Mabona creates fascinating abstract works.

While my earlier works have smooth monochromatic surfaces in my latest body of work I felt an urge to introduce a painterly gesture and an element of chance to counterbalance the stringent geometrical appearance of the crease-patterns… Both Origami and natural dyeing are techniques that have rarely been harnessed in fine arts that unlock an intriguing field of unexplored narratives.

Sipho Mabona via Colossal

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“The Dragonflies’ Third Leg” (2019), Maclura tinctoria, on folded cotton and paper, 40 x 50 centimeters
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“The Doves’ Wing” (2019), indigo and old fustic, on folded cotton and paper, 40 x 50 centimeters.
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“A Unicorn’s Lower Jaw & Right Front Leg” (2020), indigo, old fustic, weld and iron on cotton and paper.
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Right: “Untitled” (2018), natural aizome, acrylic and molding paste on folded cotton, 132 x 108 centimeters.
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“We Bled, We Are Bleeding, We Will Bleed”.
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Left: “The Cicadas’ Abdomen & Thorax” (2019), Madder on folded cotton. Right: “The Dove’s Wing & Shoulder (I1)” (2020), indigo-dyed, cotton, paper, Tyvek, wood, and nylon.
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“We Bled, We Are Bleeding, We Will Bleed”.
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Left: “Untitled” (2018), natural aizome, acrylic and molding paste on folded cotton, 132 x 108 centimeters. Right: “Untitled” (2018), natural aizome, acrylic and molding paste on folded cotton, 132 x 108 centimeters
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“We Bled, We Are Bleeding, We Will Bleed”.
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“Untitled” (2018), natural aizome on folded cotton and paper.
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The Cicada’s Abdomen & Thorax, 2020, old fustic and indigo dyed cotton, paper, Tyvek, wood, nylon
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