British artist Caroline Jane Harris, born in London in 1987, explores the intricacies of nature through a labour intensive paper-cutting technique. She is fascinated by the phenomena of nature; the endless geometric symmetries found in all levels of existence. Using tree formations as her starting point Harris creates digital prints which are then manipulated, layered and hand-cut. The hand allows for natural distortions which induce the random, chaotic and asymmetrical - the antitheses of the digital conception. Harris’s imagery becomes infinite and abstract - like bronchi of a lung, river networks, neuron activity, fractals existing over many scales of magnification. Caroline explores the dichotomy in science and art, traditional processes and contemporary practices.
Influenced by Eastern Printmaking and Paper-cutting techniques, the simplification of lines to convey the essence of nature in Japanese wood-block prints informs her lineated hand-cut paper compositions. Harris pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved from paper, one of the simplest art materials.
Having graduated from Camberwell College of Art and a Fine Art Printmaking degree at University of Brighton in 2009, Harris has already participated in several group shows in the UK and with her developing profile, this artist is one to watch.