“My name is Omid Asadi, I’m a 38-year-old former engineer and champion boxer from Iran, now a UK-based artist. Art for me is the way of looking differently to this world and around myself. I work across various media but first gained recognition for my intricate leaf cuttings.
My leaf art is rooted in my childhood when there was a deep emotional relation between me and nature. As a child, I used a needle to create shapes on leaves or fallen rose petals. I didn’t take this practice further until much later; in 2012 I decided to use leaves as the basic material.
I use cutting and carving techniques to create forms and shapes to transform an ordinary leaf into a delicate piece of art through a very time-consuming process. In general, it’s my way to depict the difference between the ways we see our surroundings, to show we do not tend to notice the ordinary things unless they are brought to our attention.”