Wednesday, April 12, 2006

A thing of beauty

I love them, these papercuts, because they are so down-to-earth, requiring only a piece of paper, a pair of scissors and two nimble hands. Yet, in their fragility and in the themes they treat, they reach for the sublime. They are rooted in the earth that is tilled by the folk artists and farmers that make them, but they transcend everyday reality and bring to life a total different universe.

The above papercut is attributed to Zhu Manhua, a 60-year old female folk artist from Shandong province, who has practically devoted her life to the art of papercuts.

The computer "artwork" is mine.

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