I recently came across the amazing work of Maude White and am completely in awe of her delicate hand-cut paper carvings. White creates beautiful birds, people and stories out of her “respect for paper” and love of negative space. Instead of laser cutting, all work is done by hand in order to tell stories. White puts her reasoning for creating such intricate designs into words in the form of an artistic statement on her website:
“When I cut paper, I feel as if I am peeling back the outer, superficial layer of our vision to reveal the secret space beneath. With paper cutting there are so many opportunities to create negative space that tells its own story. Letting the observer become present in the piece allows him or her to look through it. I like the idea of the stark contrast between the black and white paper, and the cut nature of the work makes my art more three-dimensional than paint on canvas. ”
I admire the time and dedication involved in creating such intricately designed paper cuts. Last year I cut a pattern by hand for an invitation project I was working on. Simply cutting out the border pattern took me two and a half hours to cut so I can only imagine how long White’s designs must take from concept to finish. I was completely shattered after concentrating for that period of time and those two and a half hours will be tiny in comparison to White’s time scale.
White says she respects the paper. I respect her.
You can visit Maude White’s website at www.bravebirdpaperart.com