3D Sculptural Wall Reliefs by Anna Kruhelska

Granted, this wildly appealing wall relief sculpture by Anna Kruhelska is made of painted plywood... so why am I allowing it to have the place of honor in this All Things Paper post and featuring her in the Artist Spotlight? Because Anna also creates stunning works with paper.


detail of circular lime and pink painted plywood three dimensional wall relief

A self-described minimalist, Anna, who is based in Lodz, Poland, is an architect and visual artist. I was introduced to her contemporary geometric paper art when it was featured on Colossal last December, and then was drawn to her more recent and equally appealing wood reliefs (above and below) via Instagram. 


 studio view of large-scale blue and purple painted plywood three dimensional wall relief


Yes, there is color when a wooden sculpture is viewed straight on, but the mesmerizing magic happens when it is seen at an angle. I suspect even the slightest tilt of the head will make a difference as the play of light and shadows creates undulating movement. 

And now onto paper art... again, Anna captures a sense of movement.

black framed deep blue three dimensional paper wall relief.


While employed in architectural offices for a number of years doing work that entailed plans for high end residential buildings, five star hotels and luxury apartments in Russia, the UK, and Malaysia, she was drawn to taking on a personal project that would be more artistic and allow her creativity to flourish.


detail of aqua triangular folded paper components


Initially, she folded fabric as a way of studying patterns and texture, but soon turned to paper because she had worked with it at university, but also because it is more rigid, allowing her to make structured, dimensional shapes.


aqua three dimensional paper wall relief composed of sharp triangular modules

Anna begins each abstract project on a computer, drawing 3D shapes and forms while looking for just the right repetitive pattern. When found, the model is translated to 2D so that it can be cut from a flat sheet of light resistant and acid-free paper.  


framed deep blue and pink three dimensional paper wall relief


Cutting is done by a plotter cutter and then the relaxing task of folding and gluing the components - anywhere from 40 to 1000 - is begun. When all of the units have been readied, the piece is assembled and professionally framed in wood and high-quality ArtGlass. 


green and gold three dimensional paper wall relief


She currently works in both mediums, paper and wood, and is represented by a number of art galleries, including several in the U.S.


white-framed fuchsia and aqua three dimensional paper wall relief

An exhibit of Anna's paper art, Order in the Wind, at Laura Rathe Fine Art in Dallas, Texas will open on August 26 and run through September 30, 2023. An additional exciting aspect of the same show is that the popular sculpted canvas art of Stallman will also be presented (previously featured here).


deep blue and purple paper wall relief composed of 3D triangular models


Visit Anna Kruhelska's website and Instagram, @foldiful.


smiling woman stands behind large abstract, all-white art composed of folded, pointed modules with crossed arms resting on piece

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