The intricate and delicate attention to detail present in Paper Sculptures by Rogan Brown communicates an intense appreciation of nature, and a need to understand its beauty through creative expression.
Rogan prepares by carefully scrutinizing a pattern he observes before laying the groundwork with preliminary drawings that, in turn, channelled through his imagination, become vivid works of art melding his awareness with that of the reality of nature around him.
My work is an exploration and re-presentation of natural organic forms both mineral and vegetal. I look for patterns and repeated motifs that run through natural phenomena at different scales, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, from individual cells to large scale geological formations.
But although my approach involves careful observation and detailed “scientific” preparatory drawings these are always superseded by the work of the imagination; everything has to be refracted through the prism of the imagination, estranged and in some way transformed.
I want to communicate my fascination with the immense complexity and intricacy of natural forms and this is why the process behind my work is so important. Each sculpture is hugely time consuming and labour-intensive and this work is an essential element not only in the construction but also in the meaning of each piece.
I have chosen paper as a medium because it captures perfectly that mixture of delicacy and durability that for me characterizes the natural world.