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It’s all about the details for me in papercutting.  When you’re making work like mine, that’s so repetitive and consists of mostly one, patterned image, you must get detailed in order to give your viewer some surprises.  In my latest installation, Vascular Caverns, I created my largest papercut work yet: a largescale installation that formed a cavern comprised entirely of handcut paper.  It took the longest, but was one of the shortest installations thanks to a solid month of prep!  Once it was up on the wall, I ended up cutting out more and more pieces just to give that extra touch.  So, for all you type A personalities and detail oriented creators, I have posted detail photos of the installation!  Have fun detail hunting!

 

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On April 24, after 5 months nonstop of papercutting, I opened my biggest show yet called Vascular Caverns at 707 Gallery in Downtown Pittsburgh.  The idea was one that I always had with me, so somehow I had to plan out covering a whole entire gallery in entirely handcut paper.  I knew I wanted it to be meditative, so I created a cavernous space, and included a smaller, secluded cavern within the gallery that viewers could step inside.  It was a huge success and it’s on view for some time.  If you are in the Pittsburgh area, come see it!  At the end of the exhibit’s time, I will be burning the entire installation during a performance piece- more info to come!

 

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I’m still not sure how I feel about this piece.  It’s love hate…  I love the layers, the burning, the shadows created by the turmeric.  But I don’t know why I didn’t keep it as just a circle.  It was meant to look like it was breaking apart or breaking out… but this is just kind of funky.  I will most likely redo this and make one with just a circle…  _DSC0651 _DSC0652

I threw these photos in for fun.  These are my little triangle cutouts burned, dyed, and covered in wax.  So much process…. I also picked these pieces of sage and wheat-looking guys and covered them in wax, too.  So awesome…_DSC0653 _DSC0657 _DSC0660 _DSC0662 copy _DSC0663 _DSC0666I figured there aren’t many photos of me working.  Just of my work working itself.  So here it is… I was particularly proud of this skater-ish outfit I was sporting last night.  I’ve never been more comfortable.  Here I’m pondering what in the world I’m doing with my life…

 

 

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– Take a sheet of Rives BFK and handpaint the turmeric ink on it.  With this one, I wanted to put only a slight amount of water.  So I used a squirt bottle and sprayed light amounts of water in certain spots.  I use the word “handpaint” because I literally put gloves on and painted it on with my fingers.  There was a certain airy look I wanted and I knew I’d only get it this way.  Plus, I felt a little distanced from my pieces with a brush.  Don’t know what that change is about, but that’s what’s going on.

– Make the drawing.  I drew the little shapes in pencil and was careful to not smear the turmeric anymore.  It isn’t set on there, and there are still pretty big chunks of the spice…

– Make the cutouts…  BFK is awful to cut through.  I don’t know why I do this to myself. I had to take two trips to the hot springs out here to get the pain out of my arm….

– Make the drawings on a second sheet of rice paper that align with the BFK cutouts.  Then cut those little guys out…

-Add the final layer of BFK on the back.