Janaki Lele

Janaki Lele

Janaki is an Adelaide based, self taught paper artist with a background in architecture. She enjoys losing herself in her imagination and then finding herself when she begins the meditative practice of cutting. 

She hand cuts sheets of paper into delicate observations of her mind and surroundings to tell a story or evoke fond memories. Her stories are often told in layers, juxtaposed onto each other to create depth, shadows and interest or folded to give them a three dimensional effect. Her stories often have a touch of whimsy.

Employing the traditional papier-mâché technique, Lele also indulges in paper sculptures. These sculptures are made from discarded newspapers and finished with pages from pre-loved books, which imparts them a light environmental footprint. The inherent black and white ensures no distraction from form/texture and gives them a vintage, dreamy character.

She draws and cuts all of her creations by hand, which ensures that every creation is unique.