Reni Gower

TITLE: Papercuts:Ossuary1
DATE: 2013
MEDIUM: acrylic on hand cut paper
DIMENSIONS/RUN TIME: 35″ x 30 1/2″
DESCRIPTION/STATEMENT: Papercuts:Ossuary1 features the art of cut paper. I design stencils that are traced and hand cut into interlocking patterns. The motifs in this piece reference Celtic knotwork and the bones of the human ribcage and pelvis. Using only a box cutter, I work with a process that traces its origins back to 6th Century China. The work isinstalled to float 1½” off the wall to maximize the cast shadows and reflected color. Intricate yet simple, Papercuts:Ossuary1 celebrates the nuance of handicraft amplified through repetitive patterning. As in all of my work,decorative references and complex layered imagery is integrated to create visual depth, mystery, and beauty.
URL: http://www.renigower.com

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