Monumental Paper Installations by Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen Bring Vibrant Flora Indoors

A large paper sculpture of a flower, held by a figure to show its large scale.

All images © Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen, shared with permission

Enormous blooms crafted from thousands of sheets of creased, textured, and twisted paper explode in Marianne Eriksen Scott-Hansen’s vibrant installations. The Copenhagen-based artist (previously) draws inspiration from real blossoms like peonies or dahlias, adding fantastical, patterned embellishments to the pistils and stamens. The artist emphasizes larger-than-life sculptures, often creating painstakingly detailed displays that radiate from floor to ceiling.

If you’re in Copenhagen this winter, you can see Scott-Hansen’s Christmas installation at Illum department store. She is currently working with The Spaceless Gallery to make some of her pieces available for purchase and is collaborating with HAGD Contemporary to take the botanical theme a step further in a series of masks. You can explore more work on Instagram.

A large display of paper flower sculptures.

A draping paper botanical sculpture, photographed in a studio.  A large paper installation of flowers held by a figure to show its large scale.

Two images of large paper sculptures of flowers, held by a figure to show the large scale.

Detail of a huge colorful paper flower sculpture.

Two details of paper flower sculptures. The left image shows numerous flowers in different shapes and colors. The right image shws the center of a yellow flower.

The artist is shown holding a large paper sculpture of a flower with green and pink interior and petals of blue and white.

A detail of the center of a large paper sculpture of a flower in bright red and pink.

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Lively Blooms Suffocate Under Acrylic in Ant Hamlyn’s Pressed Sculptures

plastic pink flowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Pink Daisy.” All images © Ant Hamlyn, shared with permission

Thorny roses, toxic bluebells, and the carnivorous Venus flytrap are pinned beneath sheets of acrylic in the works of Ant Hamlyn. The London-based artist (previously) continues his herbarium-style sculptures that consider the human impulse to pick and preserve flowers. Vivid specimens at the height of life are squashed under the synthetic material, appearing supple, lively, and in the midst of suffocation.

In his latest body of work, Love, Death & Velvet, Hamlyn incorporates velvet alongside shiny, inflatable plastic. The soft, smooth fabric is an expensive, laborious textile historically accessible only to the wealthy, and using it for forget-me-not petals and colorful bouquets adds questions of value and comfort to the simultaneously playful and menacing sculptures. “The tactile act of hand stitching, stuffing, and squashing can either be seen as preservation or destruction,” the artist said recently. “Similarly to nostalgia, on one side remembering a fond place or memory, on the other, longing for a time that can never be replaced. I like the idea that my works have this melancholy twist.”

Love, Death & Velvet will open on October 20 at Yusto/Giner in Madrid. Until then, find more of Hamyln’s work on his site and Instagram.

red flowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Red Roses”

blue flowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Bluebells”

white flowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Daisy Disk”

vivid flowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Velvet Forget-me-nots”

sunflowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Vase”

vivid flowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Velvet Bouquet”

green and red plants are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Velvet Venus”

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Lively Blooms Suffocate Under Acrylic in Ant Hamlyn’s Pressed Sculptures

plastic pink flowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Pink Daisy.” All images © Ant Hamlyn, shared with permission

Thorny roses, toxic bluebells, and the carnivorous Venus flytrap are pinned beneath sheets of acrylic in the works of Ant Hamlyn. The London-based artist (previously) continues his herbarium-style sculptures that consider the human impulse to pick and preserve flowers. Vivid specimens at the height of life are squashed under the synthetic material, appearing supple, lively, and in the midst of suffocation.

In his latest body of work, Love, Death & Velvet, Hamlyn incorporates velvet alongside shiny, inflatable plastic. The soft, smooth fabric is an expensive, laborious textile historically accessible only to the wealthy, and using it for forget-me-not petals and colorful bouquets adds questions of value and comfort to the simultaneously playful and menacing sculptures. “The tactile act of hand stitching, stuffing, and squashing can either be seen as preservation or destruction,” the artist said recently. “Similarly to nostalgia, on one side remembering a fond place or memory, on the other, longing for a time that can never be replaced. I like the idea that my works have this melancholy twist.”

Love, Death & Velvet will open on October 20 at Yusto/Giner in Madrid. Until then, find more of Hamyln’s work on his site and Instagram.

red flowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Red Roses”

blue flowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Bluebells”

white flowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Daisy Disk”

vivid flowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Velvet Forget-me-nots”

sunflowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Vase”

vivid flowers are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Velvet Bouquet”

green and red plants are squashed under a clear acrylic panel

“Velvet Venus”

Do stories and artists like this matter to you? Become a Colossal Member today and support independent arts publishing for as little as $5 per month. The article Lively Blooms Suffocate Under Acrylic in Ant Hamlyn’s Pressed Sculptures appeared first on Colossal.