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Cutting into the Infinite

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In the beginning of the spring of 2017, I started experimenting with paper cut art. I am aware that paper cutting has been a craft and art form for hundreds of years. In fact, according to Wikipedia's page on Papercutting, "Paper cut art appeared during the Han Dynasty in 4th century AD after the Chinese official, Cai Lun invented paper in 105 AD. The oldest surviving paper cut out is a symmetrical circle from the 6th century Six Dynasties period found in Xinjiang China."

Admittedly, the inducing source of inspiration was seeing Sonja Peterson's exhibit called 'Transverse Travesties' at the Robert L. Ringel Gallery in the Steward Center at Purdue University, IN, in March or April of 2017. I reacted intensely to the lace-like intricacies, patterning, and merging of space due to the flattened silhouetted shapes of her subject matter. Additionally, I was impressed with the abundance of narrative accessible in such a conceptually simplistic art form. Obviously, t…

Art, Archetypes, the Unconscious Mind

Humans are storytellers. It is as if telling stories is an instinct that we have developed since we first began roaming this planet. Stories give purpose to an otherwise absurd existence. Stories are immortal; They defy death and live beyond the length of our material carnation. If a story gets retold consistently through the ages, defying the boundaries of both time and culture, those stories become the archetypes of our collective human experience. Through stories and narrative, history and folklore, consistencies are found are found which create commonality between peoples. Stories glorify patterns in the 'geist', or World Spirit, of the past. From our earliest moments, upwards of 100, 000 years ago, humans had an urge to express themselves through self-ornamentation to eventually drawing representation art.[1] This moment of self-expression was due in part to the availability of moments of free time due to a lack of consistent threat to survival. In those 'down-time&#…