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This Couple Makes Beautiful Illuminated Dioramas From Hand-Cut Paper

Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker are two artists who work together, creating beautiful paper cut light boxes.  Hari & Deepti craft each diorama from layers of cut watercolor paper placed inside a shadow box, which is then lit from behind. Their intricate creations tell stories about aspects of light, including stars, flames, fireflies, and planets. Check it out!

Hari & Deepti are an artist couple from Denver, Colorado.

Hari & Deepti

Hari fell in love with paper cut art after seeing Balinese shadow puppets, and has since been experimenting with paper and light ever since.

Hari & Deepti

Deepti is a trained artist who works with her hands. She believes that art has to be felt and experienced.

Hari & Deepti

Hari & Deepti moved to Denver from India…

Hari & Deepti

… and they carried with them a Pandora’s box full of stories and imagination.

Hari & Deepti

There is something magical about their paper cut creations…

Hari & Deepti

They believe that “Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium.”

Hari & Deepti

“It is playful, light, colorless and colorful.”

Hari & Deepti

“It is minimal and intricate.”

Hari & Deepti

“It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities.”

Hari & Deepti

They started experimenting with lights and simplified their pieces by losing the colored aspect of the paper.

Hari & Deepti

They have since then evolved to add their own style of paper cut art.

Hari & Deepti

Hari & Deepti have developed together a such a distinctive and original style. It makes me think back to my little dinky childhood dioramas, made with glue and popsicle sticks. Maybe if I had stuck with it, I could be showing my work in galleries too! Seriously though, they deserve all the attention they are getting. Their hard work and imaginative creations are simply magical.

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