To be alive is to evolve.

Perfectly Imperfect or Imperfectly Perfect? This Paper ‘Performance’ is inspired by the Japanese concept of ‘Wabi Sabi’.

“It’s our imperfection that make us unique, and our uniqueness that makes each of us beautiful.

A knowing that we are just fine-
Just As We Are”

One paper alive in many folds.

It’s amazing how enfolding ONE sheet of paper, no cut-copy-paste, can create the drama of forms and dimensions. All in real time. Live!

It brings me closer to the dynamic movement and impermanence of nature and life. The fluidity in constantly creating, dissolving, recreating, dissolving. Nothing is fixed.

The Light in Wabi sabi lies in its profound simplicity-

“We are all work in progress.

To be alive means to evolve.”


©️aiyanagunjan.enfolding series. videoart.wasli handmade paper. 2021.

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Paper painting or performing art?

The art of enfolding paper feels more like a ‘performing’ art! Just like playing an instrument, the experience lies in the continuity of live-movement, not an end product.

It’s about the moment- in creating and experience !

A new perspective, a new experience around non-performing art!

Yet another ‘performance’ by the same paper painted, in enfolding process. My paper seems to come alive, under the spot light-
in folds, in movement.

Paper Performing Art

A tread uphill
to touch a new height.
Enfolding, circling
around the contours
to discover a centre
known not before
Diving deep in
the abysm within
Lost and dark
it seems

Only to awaken
to the Light

The Moonwalk Dance.

©️aiyanagunjan.2021. Video art. PerformingPaper. Wasli paper. calligraphy pen. Ink.

©️aiyanagunjan.2021. enfolding. calligraphy strokes.

Art lies in crumpling

Crumpled paper ends in a dustbin. That’s what one did till I discovered art of crumpling.

Unlike the fixed folds in tessellation, crumpling gives flexibility and freedom to create organic lines and form. Free-willy.

lines and form pulled out from crumple

Its fascinating to work with this ‘mouldable’ paper- just like clay. Here my sculpted paper sitting on my ceramic pen stand. A face creased in thought, with hair flying wild! So it seems.

A new exploration of my paper-painting taking a new expression in paper-pottery. The exciting part of exploration is you don’t know what comes next and where it leads you.

And the fun lies in this method in madness.


Exploring 2D-to-3D

Sculpting paper

Aren’t we constantly seeking another dimension to give us a new perspective, a new insight into the matter.

This time it was my hands itching to play in 3D. Sadly, clay and the potter’s wheel were far from reach. So I turned back to my good old pen and paper, searching for the 3rd dimension.

Where there is a will, one surely finds a way. Sometimes constraints push you to find another way out, a new method or material…

And I found light in origami folds. I never thought there was an art of crumpling and crushing!. My first experience of sculpting in paper. This adds a new dimension to my love for working with paper . I call it my ‘paper-pottery’!

Art is an exploration where the mind really don’t know where it is taking you. The mind simply surrenders to the intuitive flow of art n life. The joy lies in the hand-heart- head united in the flow.

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My LockdownBook 2020

Text on text, day by day, page by page, dipping my calligraphy pen in the ink pot, and penning words of wisdom and inspiration- Bible on Bhagwad Gita sacred book.

Bible verses on Bhagwad Gita

And that’s what grounded me, sustained me through those trying pandemic times.

Sharing a few pages of life lived in those strokes, bound by the book. Perfectly imperfect lockdown life!

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A Himalayan state of being

Often life crushes us down, squeezing us out of our own form. A form we recognise no more- crumpled, constricted, crushed. A form that is no longer Me. We cry, we fret, we struggle over how to iron those creases n folds and get back to the old shape.

Little do we know that life is sculpting a new form. The ups and downs, one fold after another, seems like the majestic Himalayan range enfolding in our life! No more flat, no more straight. The folding-enfolding by life actually adds newfound dimension, beauty and strength.

A Himalayan state of being!

My new exploration of enfolding my all-time favourite paper, calligraphy strokes and indigo.