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Hari & Deepti (India/USA)

Hari & Deepti are an artist couple currently based out of Denver, Colorado. Hari (whose full name is Harikrishnan Panicker) is a trained graphic designer and illustrator, born and raised in Mumbai, India where he was a senior designer and an established illustrator. Deepti Nair is a certified geek, an Interaction Designer and also a trained artist.

Hari & Deepti moved to Denver from India and carried with them a Pandora box full of stories and imagination that they bring to life through their intricate paper cut light boxes and paper clay sculptures. They have always been drawn towards the imaginative aspect of story telling and seek inspiration from them. Stories have so many shades and depth in them, and paper as a medium has the exact qualities to reflect and interpret them. They believe that “Paper is brutal in its simplicity as a medium. It demands the attention of the artist while it provides the softness they need to mold it in to something beautiful. It is playful, light, colorless and colorful. It is minimal and intricate. It reflects light, creates depth and illusions in a way that it takes the artist through a journey with limitless possibilities.”

They started experimenting with paper cut shadow boxes in 2010 with hand painted watercolor paper which was then cut and assembled in a wooden box to create a diorama, with years of practice their art became more intricate and minimal at the same time. They started experimenting with lights and simplified their pieces by losing the colored aspect of the paper. They have since then evolved to add their own style of paper cut art incorporating back-lit light boxes using flexible LED strip lights. “What amazes us about the paper cut light boxes is the dichotomy of the piece in its lit and unlit state, the contrast is so stark that it has this mystical effect on the viewers.” (src. Black Book Gallery)

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Visualizing the World in Layers with Paper Artists @harianddeepti

To see more of their intricate paper art, follow @harianddeepti on Instagram.

Hari Panicker and Deepti Nair (@harianddeepti) create extraordinary worlds out of the humblest of materials: paper. The married couple, who split their time between their native Mumbai, India, and Denver, Colorado, have collaborated in paper art for six years, creating pieces that feel like the heir of Balinese shadow puppets. “I’m a graphic designer by profession,” Hari says, “which is more structured. She [Deepti] paints; she’s more organic in her process. Paper is one medium where we can merge.” When asked if they ever disagree, they both laugh. “I think she’s a very tough critic, but that’s good,” Hari explains. “The final outcome is really more magical.”

They may fight now and again, but the couple tends to be inspired by the same things: “We look at something and immediately visualize it in layers.” The most exciting part of the process comes at the end when they finally light the piece. “That’s when what we’ve been working on is revealed,” Deepti says.

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Paper Cut Artworks

Deepti Nair and Harikrishnan Panicker are a creative duo known as Hari & Deepti. They produce amazing paper cut light boxes using layers of watercolor paper placed inside a shadow box that is then lit from behind to bring these intricate dioramas to life.