France-based British artist Rogan Brown draws inspiration from narratives of scientific discovery and innovation, mainly from biology, to create gorgeous, intricate, and delicate paper-cut sculptures. His pieces explore and mimicry the architecture of natural forms, such as corals, bacterias, and microbiomes, including the cell division process.
My work comes into being in the space where science fact and science fiction meet and merge. Inspired by the narratives of scientific discovery and innovation that increasingly dominate contemporary culture my work is an attempt by a non-scientist, an outsider, to visualize, comprehend and assimilate these new ideas and new ways of seeing the world, whether it involves our changing perception of bacteria or the paradigm shifts in our comprehension of the physical world that emerge from quantum physics. My choice of paper cutting as a vehicle for this exploration of our changing perception of nature is based on its accessibility and simplicity as a medium. The transformation of a banal, quotidian material into something visually extraordinary parallels and echoes the radical changes in our vision of the familiar world that science engenders.Rogan Brown