Papercutting, not paper cuts, is what this post is about:
Here is someone who Ron Orp found first, and which I would like to pass on:
Beautiful creations by artist Maude White who cuts paper into…well…white doves! (And other birds, too.)
And here is what Maude writes on her artist page:
“I am currently working on an exhibition to be shown in Buffalo, NY in September. Also in September I will be offering framed work online for purchase. At this time I’m still figuring my online presence out. I have some small unframed pieces available on my etsy shop BraveBird, but y’all have been so wonderful to me that I am almost out! I need to start cutting again! The larger, framed pieces that I have completed are a bit of a challenge to ship, hence the September availability. I am learning! My email is: email@example.com
I come from a family of visual storytellers. I have always believed that our vision is as important as our hearing when we communicate. Very rarely do we rely on words alone. It is what we see, and how our brains interpret what we see that shapes our perceptions and actions. I began cutting paper with that understanding. I want my art to communicate to the observer what my words cannot do effectively.
When I was a child I thought a great deal about hidden spaces. The intimacy, the hushed secrecy – I was always looking underneath objects, or through them. I have always believed that if you look hard enough, you will see something precious and new, or, perhaps, something incredibly ancient and sacred. ”
You can visit her page here: http://bravebirdpaperart.com/
But as a lover of all things Japanese, I absolutely have to include Japanese paper artist Tomoko Shioyasu.
Shioyasu-san makes amazing and huge papercut tapestries:
“I express the rhythm of life flowing through the world. We can’t see it but we are part of the flow.” Says Shioyasu-san.
The press release (from 2011) says, “Shioyasu has continued to develop a vocabulary of organic structure that refers back to primordial forms of nature.” Asked about what she regarded as content in her work, Shioyasu said, “Simply nature itself, particularly that which has existed over an extended period of time — rocks, trees, water channels, cells. I want to look into the essence and roots of life, making works that focus on these basic forms.”
If you would like to find out more about what inspires her, do have a look at this video interview: