Diana Beltrán Herrera has the near magical talent of being able to take the most basic of materials and transform them into something luxurious, ornate, and beautiful.
With paper, card, scraps, and an enormous amount of cutting, she creates intricate paper sculptures that play with dimension, shape, and colour.
Equally impressive as the scope of the detail Diana puts into her work, the scale often takes on large proportions. In the series of stamp images she created, you can see just how large they are when being held up.
There is also something important about the materials being of the everyday, how paper, scissors, and glue are some of the most common items you’d find around the house. As she tells us below, there’s a satisfaction in creating something wonderful out of something so basic.
I work with simple techniques and simple materials that I often find or recycle or that are given to me in the form of samples. I am interested in how I can approach simple materials and transform them with simple techniques such as cutting, assembling or gluing.
Paper is the most common material in my work, I started working with it because I never saw it as a serious material in terms of value, and that gave me the freedom to experiment and create all sort of things.
The instruments involved in my working process are very accessible, scissors, blade, pencil, ruler, glue. I like the simplicity of the process and its availability, because it allows me to invest more time thinking and developing my ideas. The working process is very immediate, it is like sketching the first glimpse of an idea, allowing me to collect the most important information that is happening in the creative process, its actuality.
© Diana Beltrán Herrera, 2015