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Paperwork

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©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

Cuban artist Elsa Mora is a multi-talented lady. Her sculptures (sometimes made of paper, sometimes built from plants) are whimsical and happy and just make you feel good. She’s also an accomplished illustrator and painter, but today, I just want to explore her 3-D works.

When she was 16 and applying for her first official I.D., she learned that her birthday was May 8 instead of May 9 like she’d always believed. It turned out her mother chose to celebrate Elsa’s birthday as May 9 because it was Mothers’ Day the year she was born. Somehow, her takeaway from this was that she could be anything she wanted. Not really sure how she got there, but I’m nonetheless glad she did.

I hope you enjoy her lovely work as much as I did!

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

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©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

©Elsa Mora

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

9 thoughts on “Paperwork

  1. What talent. These are gorgeous. How did you come upon her work?

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  2. These are just beyond awe-inspiring. Wow. I used to have a “thing” for cutting tiny designs out of paper (tiny Santa graphic from a newsletter & I once made a fishtank out of an empty Tic Tac box) but nothing as beautiful as these… 🙂

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  3. I love her blog. Just spent half a day there. Come review time, I may be blaming you for a crappy bonus.

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  4. I wonder how, or if, the botanical ones are preserved.

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    • I think their ephemeral nature is part of the point she’s making, so I assume they aren’t preserved at all. Maybe she just photographs them, then throws their respective parts into a bowl in her bathroom.

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  5. Reblogged this on The Art Dive and commented:
    Joyful paper sculptures and botanical whimsical portraits from Cuban artist Elsa Mora

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