Béatrice Coron creates wonderful papercuts of intricate worlds, cities and countries, heavens and hells using only scissors and paper. Her process is completely intuitive in that she simply picks up a sheet of paper, visualises the story she wishes to tell and then cuts out the paper that doesn’t tell that story. It is an act of extraction.
Coron only started working as an artist later in life, up until then she was a shepherdess, truck driver, factory worker, cleaning lady and a New York City tour guide. It is probably this life experience that led her to New York in the mid 80s where she reinvented herself as an artist.
Here’s what she has to say about her work:
My work tells stories. I invent situations, cities and worlds to be explored to make sense of our own. These compositions include memories, associations of words, ideas, observations and thoughts that unfold in improbable juxtapositions. I invite the viewer to make their own stories.
My creative inspiration comes from everything I see and everything I read. For each theme, one story leads to the next, and the creation process weaves different layers of our relations to the universe. In papercutting as in life everything is connected.
My silhouettes are a language I have developed over the years. I create artist books for viewer to step in, or fine arts with illustration methods. I favor an expression that would involve all my creative instincts. With full and empty shapes, everything must fall in place: one’s place in the world.
Paper cut work is a difficult technique, much of it you see is mediocre at best, however, in Coron’s case, it is wonderful and full of surprises. In the TED Talk above she gives a great insight into her work.
Via The Fox Is Black
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