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Monday, December 06, 2010

paper cut

Doing printmaking I have always had a fascination for the art created using 'paper cut'. Along with many others, I have used intricate surgical precision to produce stencils to use in screen printing, mono printing and mixed media work. 

In 2004 and again in 2006 I used a layered process with paper and canvas cuts, cushioned between perspex and luxaflex translucent paper . . . . however, while on our travels we were seriously fascinated by the sophistication of this particular art form and how it has been taken to the streets.

The rice paper stencils pasted directly onto walls in Rome, which will slowly disintergrate. The flour paste acting as paint, which is rolled through the stencils, we saw on walls in Sienna, Cortona & Istanbul . . . . all intrigued us with their fresh vibrancy.

(We were also pleased to see that these artists are thinking of the environment)
We admired the work of 'Swoon', (artist Caledonia Curry ) with her intricate paper cuts in Venice. There is an entire paper art culture with artists like Kuko - Yamamoto and Lee Bovey (http://www.boveylee.com/ ) pushing the envelope daily.

I have always had a facination with the process of 'what to remove & what remains'?