Li Hongbo is a book editor and an artist who turns ordinary paper into extraordinary paper sculptures. Li Hongbo has created what appears to be recreations of carved porcelain sculptures. Yet the sculptures that he had created though are entirely made up of thirty thousand sheets of paper.
He currently has a showcase displaying these works of art, which she calls “Tools of Study” at the New York Klein Sun gallery. These sculptures are stretchable like a slinky and encourage the guests to encounter paper in an original way.
These pieces were influenced by folk art and Chinese decoration called “paper gourds”. He carefully places stripes of glue to form what look like two blocks of balsa wood.
Using an electric saw, he carved these stacks into identical human figures. This way the structure becomes elastic forms, which makes it transform the paper to stretch, twist, get longer and withdraw yet still take the appearance of porcelain.