When technology meets origami

Technology has been used in art several times. But have you seen any artwork that blends origami with kinetics? Meet Jaipur-based artist Aditi Anuj who has amalgamated the two techniques in her artworks that are a part of the Delhi Contemporary Art Week (DCAW) 2022.

Artist Aditi Anuj was always fascinated with water. While living in Mumbai next to a sea, she spent ample time looking at water and noticing how it changed during the day and between seasons. Despite moving to Jaipur, her love for water never evaporated. It is this love that led her to create artworks around water.


The artist’s introduction to origami happened while she was studying textile designing. Though she learnt this art form as an explorative module, she liked it. At the ongoing DCAW, she has used origami in both her artworks titled ‘An Ocean in a Drop’ and ‘Voyage-into the expanse’.


An Ocean in a Drop

This artwork is her take on temporariness in life. The artist took inspiration from Rumi’s quote: You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop. The interactive art combines origami to show the flow/movement of water with kinetics.


The artwork (shown as the video above) carries individual squares. Each of them represent dots. Kinetics allow the movement of paper. The continuity (opening and closing of paper) reflects the flow. Continuity is maintained through a power-driven motor that is added to every piece. The motor allows the squares to rotate and create waves.


She explains, “This artwork demonstrates the temporariness in life and how things come and go and nothing remains permanent. The only thing that is permanent in the world is change. I have tried to show individual squares as drops and when these drops come together, they become an ocean. The continuity and drops form waves.”


The artwork has been made to allow different views from both sides. For instance, if viewed from the left side, it allows viewers to see lines that represents the surface of an ocean. But if viewed from the extreme right side, one can see the depth of the ocean.

Artist Aditi Anuj with her artwork 'Voyage-into the expanse' made with origami.

Voyage-into the expanse

This artwork also includes origami. The artist has created a replica of a waterfall, giving it a three-dimensional look. The work is made with folded water-coloured hand-painted papers (aka modules) that represent drops of water.


The modules are fitted into each other to give the shape of a waterfall. The modules represent drops of water that are combined together to make a larger body, i.e., a waterfall.


The artwork explores the theme of ‘power of collaboration’. The artist was inspired by how humans collaborate with each another.


“Just like humans come together and collaborate to explore new things and to touch new heights. Similarly, this work is also a journey of a drop into a waterfall and to become a river,” shares Anuj.


The artwork also carries waves in the waterfall. Anuj created the look by adding folds and bends in the paper. She then joined the modules together that made it look like waves.


Though origami does not involve cutting or stapling of the pieces, the artist had to rely on this method.


“The artwork was originally made in Jaipur. But keeping its scale in mind, I had to stick the paper pieces together to make it easy to assemble it in Delhi for DCAW 2022,” she explains.


Aditi’s works are on display till September 9 at the Bikaner House, New Delhi.

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