The 29-year-old artist's intricate sculptures have been exhibited in galleries in Japan and overseas.
Japanese artist Monami Ohno has been working with cardboard for about a decade. Over this time period, the 29-year-old has created more than 200 jaw-dropping sculptures of everything from anime robots to a full McDonald's meal. Speaking to Reuters, the talented artist revealed that she discovered her love for the unique craft when she made a "bike-like thing" out of cardboard for a college assignment ten years ago. "When I first tried folding the paper, gluing and putting them together, the people around me praised me, saying things like 'Wow, you can make this,'" she said. "That made me so happy that I have continued doing this until now."
In the years since that college assignment, Ohno has made a name for herself across the globe as a talented cardboard sculptor. Her intricate sculptures have been exhibited in galleries in Japan and overseas. Speaking of her creative process, the artist revealed that she does not rely on precise blueprints for her pop-culture-inspired creations. Instead, when working on large sculptures, she simply draws a rough sketch on the cardboard to get an idea of the measurements. She then cuts out the design and molds it using glue and if needed, a little water.
Over the past decade, Japanese artist Monami Ohno has been making life-like sculptures out of cardboard. Her intricate sculptures have been exhibited in galleries in Japan and overseas https://t.co/a1wwnROhZa pic.twitter.com/pt35rvEDWD— Reuters (@Reuters) August 31, 2021
"I make the things I would really like to decorate my house with," she said. Ohno's creations have reportedly sold for 100,000 yen ($909.42) to 1,500,000 Japanese yen ($13,647). The artist admitted that although her preferred medium is cardboard, her work doesn't have an intentional environmental message. "Eventually if it makes that point, it would be nice if people can see my work, which is made out of cardboard and recycled materials rather than plastics, and realize that there are these kinds of people who are involved in recycling," she said.
Here are 25 of Ohno's incredible 3D sculptures: