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Paper Olympics by Raya Sader Bujana

Today we look at Paper Olympics by Raya Sader Bujana for Artwork in Focus. Join me Divvya Nirula as I explore and present my experience of the selected artwork.

Artwork in Focus

Title: Paper Olympics
Artist : Raya Sader Bujana/ Leo García Mendez   
Year : 2015/16
Medium : paper
Dimensions : n/a
Location : n/a

Paper Olympics, 2015/16, by Raya Sader Bujana
Image Courtesy : Ego-Alterego

The Artwork

Raya Sader Bujana designed these fabulous serial plane paper figures in collaboration with photographer Garcia Mendez for an Olympic themed stock photography shoot. Every figure is cut from up to 150 pieces of paper joined by hundreds of tiny 3mm separators to create the delicate layering effect.

Perched to hit his shot the tennis player is poised. Held against the light, one can see the layers of paper, the light filtering through. This exquisite piece of work is the creation of Raya Sader Bujana, a Barcelona-based paper artist.

Other Details

For the shoot it was imperative to study the postures and the movement. And then to transfer that to paper arrangement. All the while keeping to the sport and the figure as closely as possible. It was difficult to create a recognisable figure.

Raya remained focussed on the most recognisable posture in each of the disciplines that she represented. For a viewer this is a second’s viewing but for the creator, it needs hours of attention. Raya has successfully created the gracefulness of motion that each of the paper sculptures have, meticulously.

This left Garcia Mendez, the photographer speechless. He had never imagined the outcome.

“As an artist using paper as a primary medium, I’ve come to define my work as something between illustration and sculpture, with a strong focus on details and care at the heart of it all.”

Says Raya

For the Olympic series she adapted the serial planes technique which is typically applied to landscapes. It adapted to show the natural curves of the body. Preparing it in white gave it a clean and light appearance. Additionally, enhancing and emphasising the control and the power of athletics.

The works are a celebration of the human body as it pushes itself to perform and do better, it pays a homage to all those who are dedicated to sport and discipline, pushing themselves to perform. And the biggest dedication to the Greek love for the ‘physic’. And celebrating that man was created in the image of God, that he was created to work hard and out do himself.

Bujana also loves origami and she often creates complex figures mimicking Olympic Athletes.


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