Rogan Brown - Paper Sculptures
Cut Stem DetailCut StemBlossom FossilOutbreakOutbreak DetailOutbreak DetailOutbreak DetailOutbreak DetailOutbreak DetailOutbreak DetailBacteria DeleriaFallen Angel WingsKernelKernel Detail 2Kernel DetailCut PodCut Pod DetailCut Pod DetailGrowthGrowth DetailGrowth DetailCloneSeedWaveSporeLandscape Inside and OutLandscape Inside DetailLandscape Outside DetailSpore TooFlotsamCell HubErodeSwirlSmall KernelShanghai Spore GrowingWork framed and ready to be transported to an exhibition.NOA 2014 Receiving the Emerging Artist of the Year award from art legend Antony GormleyRolling Stone Ronnie Wood presents me with the Best Installation prize at the National Open Art exhibition, The Royal College of Art, LondonThe Shanghai-Florence Prize Exhibition held in Pudong, Shanghai
My work is an exploration and re-presentation of natural organic forms both mineral and vegetal. I look for patterns and repeated motifs that run through natural phenomena at different scales, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from individual cells to large scale geological formations.

I am inspired in part by the tradition of scientific drawing and model making, and particularly the work of artist-scientists such as Ernst Haeckel. But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed "scientific" preparatory drawings these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.

I want to communicate my fascination with the immense complexity and intricacy of natural forms and this is why the process behind my work is so important. Each sculpture is hugely time consuming and labour-intensive and this work is an essential element not only in the construction but also in the meaning of each piece. The finished artefact is really only the ghostly fossilized vestige of this slow, long process of realisation. I have chosen paper as a medium because it captures perfectly that mixture of delicacy and durability that for me characterizes the natural world.

"The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity...and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of a man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself." William Blake