Crafts. Paper and Blade: Modern Paper Cutting includes Elizabeth Alexander, Charles Clary, Béatrice Coron, Mayuko Fujino, Katherine Glover, Bovey Lee, Nikki McClure, Randal Thurston, Michael Velliquette, Maude White, and Charles Young.
Paper is all around us. We find it on our desks, in our wallets, our mailboxes, and in our domestic and personal spaces. We use it daily for any number of recreational, professional, and domestic tasks. It transmits information and, along with it, a range of positive and negative associations. Yet despite its practical nature, paper has offered unlimited creative possibilities for centuries. Paper and Blade: Modern Paper Cutting celebrates the expressive potential of this commonplace material and the evocative work from leading contemporary paper cutters.
While paper cutting has been an art form since the 6th Century A.D., the genre is enjoying a present-day renaissance and with good reason. Its accessibility and affordability—requiring only one’s hands, a sheet of paper, and a simple blade—hold both practical and creative appeal. The upswing in practice may also be a cultural response towards simplification in today’s age of digitization and green politics. Or perhaps its popularity stems from nostalgia, evoking memories of paper snowflakes, loop garlands, or paper dolls. Whatever the driving force, new makers are discovering the field with gusto while veteran cutters continue to explore the outer edges of this enigmatic art form. Paper and Blade: Modern Paper Cutting was made possible by the Gretchen Keyworth Exhibitions Fund.
Exhibitions: February 20, 2016 – July 31, 2016. Brockton, Mass.