Artist folds paper and canvas into expressive faces engaged in passionate kisses

June 17, 2022

For many, learning how to draw a portrait is one of the most challenging goals  they ever will set. Artist Polly Verity, however, manages to render human features without ever reaching for a pencil or paintbrush. Instead, she cleverly folds and creases thick pieces of watercolor paper, canvas, and sometimes wire mesh to create a human visage (or two), reports My Modern Met.

Each of her sculptures interacts with a light source to reveal realistic features, like the nose, nostrils, lips, and eyes that Verity has pinched and smoothed into existence. She makes realistic profiles of individuals as well as portraits of couples kissing one another.

According to My Modern Met, “The beauty of these delicate works of art is in their simplicity.”

Verity begins her process with an ordinary square or rectangular sheet of paper and manipulates the 2D surface until she achieves the desired effect. Instead of relying on another medium to bring her vision to life, Verity harnesses the natural elegance of paper and canvas—letting her work shine when the light hits the folded portrait.

You can purchase original sculptures via Verity’s online shop, and keep up to date on her latest projects and upcoming exhibitions by following the artist on Instagram.

Research contact: @mymodernmet