Studio Ibbini Juxtaposes Negative Space and Botanical Filigree in New Laser-Cut Paper Works — Colossal


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November 28, 2023

Grace Ebert

All images © Studio Ibbini, shared with permission

Artist Julia Ibbini and computer scientist Stéphane Noyer of the Abu Dhabi-based Studio Ibbini (previously) continue to collaborate on intricately constructed works that fall at the intersection of art and mathematics. The duo creates vessels and flat pieces by layering laser-cut papers into complex structures replete with floral filigree and ornate patterning.

While many of their three-dimensional sculptures appear to twist upward in tight, perfectly aligned rows, the pair incorporates more negative space into their recent pieces, many of which seem to morph from architectural or ornamental motifs into wild, botanical growths. Ibbini tells Colossal that this requires finding a delicate balance between the frail material and the resulting form to maintain the work’s structural integrity. She explains the process:

In the pieces that seem to be fading away, hand-made drawings are turned into computational tree structures and density maps on which graph theory and probabilistic algorithms are applied. Through this, we are able to manipulate the geometry of the work so that it looks almost as though the details are slowly eroding into empty space in the final piece.

Studio Ibbini will show works with Long-Sharp Gallery at Art Basel Miami starting next week and in a group exhibition at Sharjah Art Museum from December 13 to January 21. Keep up with the duo’s latest sculptures on Instagram.


a hand touches a swooshing vessel with tessellating patterns

a hand holds an elaborately designed vessel

a detail of ornate patterns layered on top of each other to create an intricately motif on a vessel

a hand touches a vessel with negative space

a detail of a vase with floral filigree

a rectangular work on a blue backdrop. the piece appears to fade in parts

two architectural works in white that appear to fade

a detail of delicately layered floral filigree

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