Sunday, 15 July 2012

Chinese Rice Paper Cutout

Cutting paper has been around for a long time in many cultures and traditions. Bovey Lee‘s work is inspired by Chinese paper cutting but at the same time defies it, breaking every traditional rule there is. Lee’s professional career as a cut paper artist came at the time when the medium, as interpreted by her peers, gradually gained traction and attention in the international art stage. In an exclusive interview with Design Boom, Lee shares the story behind the process. “Using the very same Chinese rice paper for calligraphy, I define what I do as drawing with a knife. When I cut paper, it is a visceral reaction and natural response to my roots and affection for precision, detail, and subtlety.” 

My Final Major Project
Mosaics and Tiles

Soundsuit Sculptures by Nick Cave

Nice Cave has become known for his soundsuits, full body ensembles that cover the wearer from head to toe, often camouflaging the very shape of the human body.  By masking the identity of the wearer and obfuscating gender, race, and other social cues that we have all become so adept at reading–the wearer of a soundsuit is simultaneously hidden from view and judgment while also redefined as a playful and performative abstraction.  The suits are generally constructed from an elaborate mixture of colorful and tactile materials that generate sound when in motion.  This component of the soundsuits speaks to Cave’s professional dance training at the Alvin Ailey school.  Movement and performance are integral parts of his art and the functioning of the soundsuits.