Interview with paper sculptor Li Hongbo

All photos courtesy of the artist

Beijing-based artist and designer li hongbo manipulates sheets of paper into sensuous three-dimensional sculptures. he tells designboom more about his work.

What originally made you want to become an artist?

LH:

I was born in a chinese province called ji lin, and I was educated just like any other child. however, I picked up a hobby – painting. I also always liked to add little paintings that I shouldn’t have in my textbooks. the hobby stayed with me for many years. ultimately, I was lucky enough to enter into art school to study art, and I was able find a job pursuing my hobby after I graduated.

My creations are the result of my thought process, and I hope viewers will enjoy what I create. however, if you were to ask me about my particular thought process, I would say that I pay attention to everybody in my life, and every little thing that surrounds me. Because of that my work is closely connected to daily life.

Who or what has been the biggest influence on your work?

LH:

There is a chinese saying, ‘life is as fragile as paper’, which has made a deep impact on me. due to my past jobs, I have become very familiar with paper. This revealed to me the importance of paper to both society and individuals. It also allowed me to explore paper’s hidden, broad expanse of uses.

 ‘torso of a young woman’, 2012 paper  58 x 32 x 25cm

‘torso of a young woman’, 2012
paper
58 x 32 x 25cm

 ‘torso of a young woman’, 2012 paper  58 x 32 x 25cm

‘torso of a young woman’, 2012
paper
58 x 32 x 25cm

 bust of marseilles, 2012 paper 60 x 36 x 35cm

bust of marseilles, 2012
paper
60 x 36 x 35cm

 bust of marseilles, 2012 paper 60 x 36 x 35cm

bust of marseilles, 2012
paper
60 x 36 x 35cm

Your work challenges the way we perceive form… what drew you to this theme?

LH:

When people look at a box, they think ‘it’s a box’ but, actually, it can change into another thing. I want to change the image, change how people see things so they think in a deeper way.

How would you describe the evolution of your style?

LH:

With the development of my structure of knowledge and my personal life experiences, my style has improved. Each one of my works displays my inner world.

 ‘bust of david’, 2012 paper  70 x 50 x 50cm

‘bust of david’, 2012
paper
70 x 50 x 50cm