Vision of Spring – Debra Collins
Hand cut papercut
Right before the pandemic, I was exploring the works of papercut artists Karen Bit Vejle and Beatrice Coron while devastating fires occurred across our state. I had also been reading the words of St. Hildegard and her concept of the greening the world by God. This gave me hope. With all this in mind, I started my first major paper cut that was juried into de Young Museum’s Open Exhibition in 2020. Since then paper cutting has become my artform, a craft knife my tool. As the pandemic took over our lives and the climate crisis has sped up, I have found myself creating images of nature and hope.
Paper is a great metaphor for our times. It , like most people, is tougher than we think. I can cut away vast amounts of paper and the hanging sheet will not break. Instead it adapts to my needs, into a supple almost fabric like material. Its survival through the cutting process is only limited by my awareness and support of its’ needs. A throwaway material becomes extra-ordinary art.
|Dimensions||16 × 20 in|
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