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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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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.  _DSC0643

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… _DSC0645 _DSC0650This 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.

 

 

I’ve had this idea brewing in my head for some time and it just had to get out.  I definitely want to make two of these pieces, one that’s 10 x 10 and another that’s 20 x 20.  But they’re little cutout guys that resemble vaginas or those things that grow on trees in the rainforest.  Either way, it resembles something organic.  I’ve been trying to work on a smaller scale as compared to my larger installation work.  It’s far more time consuming since I want to get every single cut just right and not have frayed edges.  _DSC0602 _DSC0605

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I started using turmeric as pigment.  It’s really the only color I’ve introduced so far to my pieces that I aim to show.  I may grind up some wheat or cinnamon, but turmeric has a special meaning for me.  I drink it in milk or eat it in paste form to bring down inflammation on my foot when it flares up.  I do notice a difference, and try to eat it as often as I can for health reasons.  Because of that, I wanted to introduce it into my work.  It gives an amazing golden color and a hint of scent if you get close.  _DSC0609 _DSC0614 _DSC0615

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All of these little baby cutouts were used too.  It’s a lot of detail, but they make everything come together.  _DSC0619 _DSC0621 _DSC0622 _DSC0612

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As if I didn’t already express my love for her enough, here’s a post for my ultimate source of inspiration right now:  Carmen Miranda.  Lately I’ve been wanting to get a lot more into screenprinting and making patterned prints.  The goal is to make a few more ladies with headdresses.  Of course, I’ve already gone through my orange phase.  Next fruit on the list is bananas.  Oh, it’s begun.  Here are some photos of the progress:

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