Monday, July 15, 2013

French artists uses toilet paper rolls as a medium

A French artist recently released a book showcasing dozens of dioramas made from toilet paper rolls. Anastassia Elias crafted the rolls with a knife over the course of several years.


While artists often use  creative media, Elias took it one step further by delicately crafting toilet paper rolls into silhouettes of images from around the world. To create the images, the artist planted carved layers inside the tube. Looking through the tube creates depth, which gives the images their vividness, according to Inquisitr.

Elias then used back-lighting to create a soft glow for her photos. The detail in the sculptures is apparent from their tiny scale, as well as the clean lines on the images when seen in the high resolution photos available on the artist's blog.

Elias, who lives in Paris with her husband, is typically a painter, often doing portraits and modernistic landscapes. For this project, she branched out, after finding that she had a knack for creating images with toilet paper rolls. Shes sculpted the series of rolls between 2009 and 2012.

The book

There are several photos of some rolls in the book, which features a total of 67 images, as well as sketches. In the book, over more than 100 photographs spanning 42 pages. The book has a global theme, featuring scenes from all over the world.

Some of the diverse images include depictions of Mariachi bands playing, while others show miners using pick-axes and rustic images of farmers, donkeys and windmills. Some of the sculptures go back in time, showing dinosaurs walking the earth, while others reference famous works, like a scene featuring Charlie Chaplin. She also showcased nature, showing deep jungle scenes and underwater vistas.


The concept of the diorama  was first created by artists Daguerre and Charles Marie Bouton in the early 1800s. Since then, artists and school children alike have experimented with the medium's simple, evocative nature. The techniques have changed over time - the earliest dioramas primarily used photographs. The first device used light to change the image depending on which way it was viewed.