New piece I installed this past week into the Mine Factory for the show “I Just Want the Paper,” curated by Ikechukwu Casmir Onyewuenyi. For this piece, I handcut rice paper and added in details with graphite. Normally, I’m adding wax, burning paper, or adding a jumble of processes into the sculpture. But this time it was just me, my knife, and the paper. Relaxing. A relief, actually. It was as though I was challenging myself to get back to papercutting basics.
Even more of a challenge was examining the space and adapting the piece to it. Install week was renamed papercutting week in my book since I had to make an extra 400 cutouts in 48 hours. And this is the final product!
Lately I’ve been experimenting with some new ideas. Well really, these are ideas that have been brewing in my brain for some time and need to just get out. So, here they are, out in the open, and looking for a direction to go in. These little triangle guys are a particular favorite of mine but I’m not sure where I want it to go. I’ve covered them in wax, burnt them and here they are dyed with ink. I’ve dyed them with turmeric which I love, but I’m not sure if I like the wax. They look so much more delicate and like coral which is the inspiration.
I’m doing a show at Hat Rac Gallery in Oakland in a bit and am thinking of doing an installation with these little guys. They won’t be little, of course. They have this great front window that has so much space and light that I have to go crazy with whatever I put there. Looks like a lot of cutting in the future… This little white situation here is a kind of collage. It’s a rice paper cutout on top of BFK paper. I like keeping the pencil lines in there. Even though I won’t be using this piece for anything, I just wanted to try it out. I would love to be able to use a press to roll it through and make an even, clean pressing.