These stunning paper birds were created by Columbian artist Diana Beltran Herrera using nothing but a few colored papers, glue and a pair of scissors. She has been making them for the last several years, and aside from birds she also makes fishes, flowers and butterflies. Recently, her avian series hit the one-hundred species mark.
“Before I started to work with birds I did many other works in paper – I started with geometric shapes just to see how far I could transform it from a 2D to a 3D medium, then I started to play with new techniques and represent things I have always liked – some fish, animals and fruits,” Diana told Creative Review.
“By the time I started my work with birds I was in Helsinki and after creating a whole exhibition in wood, I came back to paper as a relaxing therapy, representing Finnish landscape scenes with birds. That was where this started [and] when I went back to Colombia, I started to observe local birds and represent them in paper,” she explains.
Every bird begins with a structural framework, also made from paper, on which she carefully pastes meticulously cut paper feathers. This can take anywhere between five days to two weeks or more depending on the species. The impressive level of visual accuracy is achieved by studying photographs of the birds, observing them in the wild, and conferring with ornithologists and birding groups.
Obviously she loves making birds but the most rewarding thing for her is the connection she can make with nature through her art.
“The most amazing thing for me is to go and find these birds in the wild,” she told Smithsonian. “I feel like a kid still with this need to discover. I love to feel this surprise and enjoy this experience in a mature way that I did when I was a child.”
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