TODAY'S BEAUTIFUL: Caroline Attan's Paper Collage Where Origami and Poetry Collide
As I was roaming the aisles at Art Hamptons this weekend, the work of British artist Caroline Attan stopped me in my tracks. On display was her collage entitled Somos Completos, a detail shown in the first picture, and the complete work seen below.
Caroline Attan's artwork draws on her decades-long research on how objects aid in forming memory, identity and personal history. She combines handwritten poetry and intricately folded paper to encourage the viewer to travel different paths of thought. Her technique allows for almost infinite possibilities. Look closely and her compositions boldly announce their text. Step back and the text is absorbed into "a calm coherent whole".
Some have compared her work to a mandala--an Indian sanskrit term loosely translated to mean circle, but it is far more than a simple shape. A mandala is said to represent the wholeness found in our universe.
Indeed, her work has similar multiple meanings ranging from simple beauty to what she describes as evoking "tantalizing snatches of memories and desire." She achieves this by merging text and images "to create highly contemporary abstract forms that function as loaded repositories of the past."
Caroline Attan is represented by Bicha Gallery.