Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cardboard Masterpieces by Ali Golzad

Ali Golzad is an artist and designer born in Iran and is currently working from Texas. He uses discarded cardboard to create eye catching pieces that are often inspired by well-known personalities, nature, and the real world issues like hunger and war.

My choice of material, corrugated cardboard, to create bas-relief portraits of displaced children in their native habitats, reflects their unseen status. Like corrugated cardboard, the twenty million (referring to twenty million children victim of armed conflicts) are everywhere yet invisible.

I have struggled with my material to create images that are highly emotional. The three-dimensional shapes of the eyes, noses and mouths, the wrinkled clothing, and the shapes of the hands and arms, outlined with Sharpie-lines, are a result of my struggle with the cardboard to capture the empathy we would have for any enslaved people.

Before seeing Golzad's work, I would have never imagined that it's possible to make feather on an owl's body, dog-hair and face wrinkles with cardboard. I admire his art and the strong message behind each of his pieces. Visit his website to know how he started making these cardboard sculptures and to see more of his work.

Kiu from 'Invisible People'