Using old newspapers as raw material to create objects and works of art is not in itself a great novelty, but Japanese artist Chie Hitotsuyama‘s realistic animal sculptures will leave anyone’s mouth open, such fidelity and richness of details.
Her massive, life-size pieces are assembled entirely by hand, rolling and twisting hundreds and hundreds of sheets of newspaper. Which demands a huge amount of paper, glue, and hours of work. Hitotsuyama also takes advantage of the colors of the printed images to color contrasting parts of the animals’ bodies, providing a smoother tonal change and better contouring definition.
More than anything else, I’m particular about the realistic feel of the animals. (…) Animals that live in nature are equal to us in the sense that we live together on this planet. Sometimes they sleep. Sometimes they eat. They are living ordinary everyday lives just like us. I would like to keep insisting on reality and producing my life-sized work as much as possible in order to convey their lives.Chie Hitotsuyama