Jihyun Park comes from Korea and he is internationally known for his Incense Series.
That’s how he describes his works of art. “After reading the books Gulliver’s Travels, Utopia, and Erewhon and seeing the Japanese animated movie Castle in the Sky, I became inspired to develop a relationship between the concept of utopia and the materials that I use in my work. My recent work, Incense Series, focuses on this relationship while searching for the promised harmonic balance that utopia brings. Ironically, the word “utopia” in Korean is “Yi Sang Hwang” and “Hwang” means “incense”. In My current incense drawings, I use lit incense sticks to burn holes in rice paper. I then mount the final drawings onto varnished canvases. The burning of the incense sticks creates emptiness where there once was substance, both in the stick itself and the paper used. At the same time, the emptiness creates space in the paper and empty spaces show new image.The holes in the paper allow one’s eye to see shadows while at the same time light is reflected back from the varnished canvas. This balance of dark and light, emptiness and substance is the essence of ‘Yin’ and ‘Yang’ and through this balance utopia is achieved. “
Nathalie Boutté is a self-taught paper artist based out of Montreuil, near Paris in France. She creates stunning portraits , where she uses long narrow strips of paper that are meticulously assembled creating a feather effect that constantly evolves. The strips are of recycled tissue paper, pages from discarded novels, and also banknotes out of use. The strips are densely layered and exposed like pixels to form larger images.
During an interview for www.strictlypaper.com Natalie says:
“I started to work when I was 20 as a traditional graphic designer. At that time, computers were unknown in our job but rotrings and cutters were my work tools. Most of my job was manual. I have always liked that. Later on, in spite of computer supremacy, I never gave up this contact with paper. It is by far the raw material I prefer to work with today.”
“The creative process is complex because my research is long and I could even say a bit fatiguing and exclusive. My all spirit is dedicated to it. I dream of it and in the morning I start again to work on the pictures I built during the night. But you never achieve exactly what you have in mind. It is never exactly the same. Sometimes, it puts me on quite different tracks and in the end I get a result which doesn’t have anything to do with the creation I had in mind at the origin, but, which is…exactly what I was looking for.”
Kris Trappeniers is a paper cut artist based in Belgium.About his work he says “My paper cuts (usually about 1 meter tall) are based on tiny ‘continuous line’ drawings. The paper cuts are presented as a cut out line, directly installed on a wall, which creates a blurry shadow in the background. Paper cuts are pièces uniques but the drawings are sometimes reproduced by silk screen printing. “
Crystal Wagner creates deceptively natural-looking environments with paper and other materials purchased from dollar stores and office supply chains. She also creates amazing paper terrariums. Here are some of them, but incredible are also her extraordinary installations. An interesting article is this month on the famous Drawing
Yulia Brodskaya is a russian paper illustrator. Though she uses an old technique called Quilling, her works are so innovative that she has earned an international reputation and named the ‘breakthrough star’ of the 2009 by Creative review magazine.
you can see more on http://www.artyulia.com and on her new book Paper Cut: An Exploration into the Contemporary World of Papercraft Art and Illustration