Gunjan Aylawadi is an Indian born artist based in Sydney. Her desire to do something new with something simple led her to discovering the art of paper curling, which although physically demanding, completely transforms paper into something that looks like fabric but isn't really. She uses this technique to make art that derives its meaning from the technique and the nature of material.
Aylawadi finds her technique meditative and aims to recreate the flow she experiences for her audience. She is attracted to paper as a medium through her love for conscious living and treading lightly on earth. Her aim for herself and everyone else is to perform the difficult act of slowing down, both in making and consuming, to really appreciate the beauty in small details.
I am a paper artist based in Sydney, Australia. By employing a unique method of paper cutting and curling, I add layers of texture and sculptural form to my hand drawn art. I developed this method of using paper after spending a long time exploring paper sculptures. This process stuck because of the rich detail it adds to my ideas and forms.
What I enjoy the most about making my work is the experience that people have when they look at it. They stop for a moment to have a closer look and that moment turns into long minutes of being fascinated by the beauty a simple medium like paper adds to the work in front of their eyes.
acid-free paper and archival safe glue
75 x 75 cm
Highly Commended; Finalist
Judges of the 2014 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Lisa Havilah (Director of Carriageworks), Justin Miller (International Art Advisor and former Chairman of Sotheby's Australia) and Gretel Packer (Arts Patron and Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW).
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