04 Sep

Working in Layers and Dazzling the Eyes

For the last few weeks I’ve been concentrating my paper cutting efforts on a series of larger pieces with two layers. I’m working with heavier and larger paper than usual, a 98 lb with light texture from Canson. These are being made to fit into 19.25″ x 19.25″ white shadowbox frames, with about an 1.25″ depth.

Work in progress paper cut

Work in progress paper cut-2

These are quick work in progress photos of the first of these pieces. The bottom layer is white paper to be backed in red, while the second layer is red paper to be backed with white. You can see the full size of the paper I am working with and how it overflows the easel. The tricky bit has been to not wreck the piece while I work because I rotate the material as I cut.

Work in progress paper cut-3

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The final image here is of the two pieces layered flat together, but my intention with the framing is to give them space and allow for the play of light and shadow. At this is smaller size the whole thing is pretty intense on the eyes, which I rather like.

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