'Paper Cutting', Stock Paper, 2016, 8.5" X 11"
The particular technique I used for this artwork was paper-cutting. The first step was to get an image, place it under a blank sheet and use a light table to draw the photograph. I wasn't simply drawing the image, instead I was locating the highlights and shadows to assist with the cutting process.Once the image was drawn, it was photocopied as lead tends to smudge. I then used an X-Acto knife to cut out the shadows and dark areas in the image, leaving the highlights on the page. This left me with a page with multiple cut outs in all different shapes and sizes. Once the paper is placed in front of a black background, the image is formed since the background replaces the shading that was previously cut out.
I chose a photograph by Vivian Maier taken in 1961. This photograph was among many of her street photography portfolios, this one depicting two women walking along the streets of Chicago, Illinois. The image represents the common people you are likely to encounter in the 1960’s. Their unique fashion choices and lit up signs along buildings to the vintage cars and busy sidewalks. Maier is able to show us everyday life in one image. This particular art piece attracted me more than others. While choosing photographs, the one thing I looked for was people. I wanted to have people present in my art because it gives the artwork a certain personality and sends a message. A person’s attire, posture, facial expression etc. is able to show the viewer where the art was created and in what circumstances.