Diana Beltran Herrera: “I am starting to find that what I like is the simple and essential, and the fact that they help me to connect with my childhood and the innocent feeling of playing, the idea of the game, and the curiosity and desire of making with what I have around.”
Diana Beltran Herrera is a designer & artist who has been working over the past years with the paper, creating realistic and imaginary bird sculptures. Throughout her work, the artist aims to intensify the relationship between human and nature by producing elements that are constantly removed, altered and forgotten. She especially focuses on birds in her practice in sculpture. The artist is interested in the simple processes of transformation and her process based on repetition. She uses economic and easy-found materials, such as paper, wood, and cardboard. She exposes the potential of ordinary materials by attaching them together little pieces of coloured paper creates the marvelous bird sculptures.
“I am starting to find that what I like is the simple and essential, and the fact that they help me to connect with my childhood and the innocent feeling of playing, the idea of the game, and the curiosity and desire of making with what I have around.” ― Diana Beltran Herrera, a quote from an interview on frankie.com.au
After graduating from her BA degree in industrial Design, the artist realized that she wasn’t interested in pursuing a design practice as a life career, as she was more interested in the theories of understanding of nature and material as an element that exists around us and is present in an everyday routine. She always has a desire to do things but never knew how to control it. During her design study, she felt that there was still something missing. After doing MA in art helped her to realise design was very useful. She can visualise better the form and projection of her work with a designer mind.
She has created a collection of hyper-realistic bird sculptures with more than 100 species found around the world, from lineated woodpeckers, Bateleur eagles, and European bee-eaters to blue herons, flamingos, cardinals, blue jays, robins, and warblers.
Diana Beltran Herrera’s Paper Bird Sculptures
All images © Diana Beltran Herrera