it’s something that gets us all excited. right from the time we were children we were always in awe of birds that were colourful or didn’t look native to where we were from. and so when we came upon this art project it got us all tickled and we just had to reach out and feature the person behind it.
and that’s how we chanced upon diana beltran herrera – a columbian designer and artist who now lives in bristol, UK. she works with ordinary, everyday materials like wire, cardboard, plastic and paper and creates sculptures that are so magically beautiful and real that they bring out the child in us.
diana says, “there is a considerable distance in the relationship between humans and nature, and throughout my work, i aim to repair this relationship by producing elements that are constantly removed, altered and forgotten.”
one such project is the one that involved recreating paper cut sculptures of exotic birds like the inca collared hummingbird, the king bird of paradise or the european bee eater, amongst a whole host of other exotic birds.
as you go through her work, you’ll realise that diana would have to spend a lot of time first researching the bird that she would want to recreate. right form the colour of the birds to the perfect measurements. she says, it usually takes about a week to research each bird. post that she goes about planning and getting all the pieces and the measurements right. and finally only after that is done would she start with the actual creating.
diana is a graduate in fine arts from the university of the west of england and has had her first solo show in asia (jakarta, indonesia) that was supported by the embassy of colombia in indonesia and cancilleria de colombia en el exterior. one of her recent commissions includes a piece for the festival of ideas (a program developed by the bristol city council)