The Guardian

The grid

Fragile, fantastical designs constructed with cardboard

Kathryn Bromwich

Daniel Agdag began working with cardboard after seeing his architect neighbour use it to mock up designs. The Melbourne-based artist and film-maker was struck by the fragile material’s ability to resemble timber or steel. “Cardboard gave me means to realise ideas I had only imagined previously,” he says. “Its simplicity allowed the complexity in the work to flourish.” His latest series is Tide Houses, a collection of spare structures on stilts. “The narratives that feed my work tend to stem from my subconscious. The pieces are like mathematical problems, which I work through as I create them, decoding the world around me.”