Amur Leopard 1
Amur Leopard 2
Amur Leopard 3
Amur Leopard 4
Through the 'Origami Extinction' series, Vethan Sautour aims to raise awareness on the disappearance and endangerment of animal species by closing the gap between subject and viewer.
She depicts through shapes, shadows and textures, a number of origami equivalent to the remainder of existing individuals of a given species to enable the spectator to apprehend in a visual, instantaneous manner the imminence and danger of their extinction.
Instead of shock value, poetry and beauty have been considered a more efficient tool for reaching a lasting effect on onlookers and spur interest. The artistic objective is to confer an intellectual reality to these beings, so as to raise empathy, understanding and stir viewers into action.
Whilst the hues are representative of the animals' true shades and environment, the blank spaces draw their influence from Japanese traditional nihonga art, in which artists used to leave a part of the canvas empty for the onlookers to be able to project their thoughts and contemplate their soul.
Only one kind of origami has been used, the crane, to give the series an aesthetic homogeneity. All photographs are numbered and limited to editions of six.