French artist Anastassia Elias constructs miniature worlds with incredible depth and imagination inside discarded toilet paper rolls. Using a pair of tweezers, glue and cover stock which approximates the color of the rolls, she fashions multilayered dioramas which play off the natural gradations of light which occur inside the cylindrical spaces. From natural scenery to the artificial world, Anastassia covers a wide range of themes all united by an inherent sense of playfulness, skill and joy.
Anastassia describes her uniquely unorthodox choice of medium:
“Ten years ago I discovered a children’s book illustrated with collages. This discovery inspired me and I imagined a children’s story with paper cut illustrations. Since then I tried some experiments with paper : papercuting, 3D collages, torn paper collages. I have a few tens of kilograms of paper of all colors. This material is easy to find, inexpensive that can be also free. I work it with scissors, a cutter or manually by tearing it. Paper artwork is fragile, especially if it’s a sculpture. But this fragility adds to the charm of the piece.”All images courtesy of Anastassia Elias