Spirited monkeys, inquisitive rabbits, placid walruses, and various other species come to life in the studio of Chie Hitotsuyama. Working with just glue and twisted rolls of newspaper, this Tokyo-based artist crafts 3D portraits of animals that look lively and are full of personality. “I’m breathing new life into old newspapers that no longer serve their role as an information medium,” she exclaims.
Since 2011 Chie has been working on this zoological series. The idea for the first sculpture, of a rhinoceros, came to her after seeing a rhino getting attacked by poachers during a trip through Africa in 2007. After that, it took four years for her to develop this signature technique. In the artist’s words, she’s “taken it slowly but steady”.
Hitotsuyama’s incredible care and patience is visible in all of her mesmerizing and inspiring artwork. To maintain scientific accuracy, she also carefully observes photographs and videos of the chosen animal, then creates a base for the sculpture. Hope You will find her work very interesting and awe-inspiring.