My style of paper carving lends itself to floral designs and patterns. It’s not that these designs are inherent in paper - but rather something subconscious. I feel that I have become comfortable carving leafs and blooms as they are prominent themes in my work. I am now able to intricately and realistically render these themes.
Now, I am at point where I don’t try to abstract my cutting but rather embrace what it is. Even when I do abstract something that is not organic, it becomes organic. I feel that there is something fundamental to the structure of the plant that I embrace- symmetry is natural to me, yet I enjoy subtly offsetting the symmetry.
My recent work no longer explores but exemplifies my floral development. Paper carving is a grey area of the arts. I am not quite sure what carving means artistically, especially in our contemporary environment, but I feel it deserves attention.
Part of a whole limb that I covered in paper flowers. For the project I made my own rendition the Japanese lotus that is smaller and simplified. I only wish I could have made a whole dead tree be in permanent bloom.
I am starting to create bowls out of paper that is blended to a pulp. Its hard, but I have learned a lot. I like making the pulp as white as I can. I think it is neat to then mix it with paper carving.
I have a Gallery Show En Masse, January 2010. It is at the FStop Cafe in Provo Utah. 250 North University Ave. Opening reception is Friday the 8th from 7 to 9. Come by, it is my first show with paper carving.