Artist Bovey Lee has created these beautifully exquisite cut paper illustrations with what is clearly an incredibly refined technique. Her work devolves from a wide range of inspiration including perfect geometric patterns and intricate, detailed storyscapes. Like much of the work I post up here it seems to require an inordinate amount of patience, its delicate lines cut with surgical precision.
Here’s what she has to say about her work:
Power, sacrifice, and survival are the underlying narratives in my cut paper works. Within the parameters of these three subjects, I create layered and dramatic stories referencing my life experiences, response to headline news, and concerns for urban and environmental issues. I hand cut each work on Chinese rice paper with silk backing. In my recent installations, I have also cut using Tyvek and vinyl.
My creative process is three-fold – drawing, digital rendering, and hand cutting. I form ideas by sketching before creating a digital template. The template is a visual guide that consists of downloaded images, my own photographs, scans from magazines and books, and vector graphics. The final step is for me to hand cut the image with an X-Acto knife.
Employing the natural, off-white color of the rice paper, light play and shadow are essential to the overall impact of an image. Shadow gives life and dimension to the cut paper works. It offers a sense of reality contradicting the fictional scenarios within each image.
Each impossibly thin strip of paper that I cut connects to form a larger picture, the deep paradoxes in my works contrast starkly with the airy, fragile laces of the cutouts. As a creative medium, cut paper best combines my skills, creativity, and personality, and frees me to create these dramatic stories.
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