Opening Reception: Friday, July 1, 2016
Ventura artist Avery Perez creates a stunning world of intricately hand-cut images.
The art of paper cutting is an art form that takes painstaking patience and concentration. Perez’s works are cut from one piece of paper that is folded and then cut using only an X-acto knife. Every single cut is carefully planned, as the slightest mistake can have disastrous consequences for the finished result.
Traditionally, making art by cutting designs out of paper has ranged from the portrait silhouettes of 19th century American high society to Chinese traditions dating as far back as the 6th century. The Japanese technique mon kiri, also known as kirigam, involves cutting and folding paper to create three-dimensional forms. Mexican papel picado strings of cut paper banners are hung to mark holidays and other special occasions. Polish wycinanki feature mirrored or kaleidoscoping patterns of flowers and birds.