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.