Seng Soun Ratanavanh is an artist and illustrator born in Laos, she currently lives in France working in French publishing where she has recently illustrated a couple of children’s books. She is fascinated with Japanese culture, using traditional motifs and print in her work such as origami paper, kimono fabric and urban Japanese landscapes.
Words from the artist: ‘On the one hand a society that is deeply attached to an omnipresent culture and tradition, and on the other hand, a society that is constantly racing with technology and modernism.’
Represented through her work where she depicts the modernism with whimsical Alice in wonderland like proportions from pencils the size of trees to boats made from paper cranes, colourfully filled in with traditional complex prints and Japanese flowers.
Her work has its own colour palette and aesthetic that I am really fond of. The precision and level of detail she puts into the surface area of each print almost makes it seem like it has been done digitally. But actually it’s its been hand drawn and skillfully blended with colouring pencils. I love how she plays with the folds of the drawn print with the impression that its been paper folded in the art of origami.
Take a look at her work below and be wowzed!