A Paper-cut World V

This time thanks to Birmingham-based artist Bharti Parmar (who I must catch up with at some stage) for this one. She pointed me in the direction of the London-born and Berlin-based Charlotte McGowan-Griffin who creates immersive paper cut worlds, environments and installations that incorporate performative elements through the use of light shows and the play of silhouettes.

‘The works contain a complex visual language, juxtaposing symbols from the natural world with looser, more gestural incursions into the surface of the paper, which often turn it into a sculptural medium. Form is silhouetted against a delicate sub-layer of illumination, projection and shadow, and all layers become unified into a fragile membrane of paper and light.’ – Grizedale Sculpture

It is laced with fantasy, a parallel to set and theatre design, creating a dreamland of the good and bad, the familiar and the unknown, in a land of shadows. I want to go there now please.

‘Cutting in – as opposed to cutting out – is for me a more precise description of what I am attempting with my three dimensional works. Here, I am not seeking to draw an image out of paper, but rather to make incursions into the “visible surface” of the material, as a way to tether a moment of my own inner (conscious and unconscious) processes. The interaction between outward (expressive) push and the push inward, is particularly at play in my recent works which feature spirals or vortices: This dynamic dualism parallels others (light/dark, positive/negative, hidden/revealed…) which are always at work in the classic paper-cut silhouette.’ – Charlotte McGowan-Griffin

Collaborative performance with Yuko Kaseki and Margarete Huber, Dock 11, Berlin, 13 June 2010

Collaborative performance with Yuko Kaseki and Margarete Huber, Dock 11, Berlin, 13 June 2010

Charlotte McGowan-Griffin 'The Whiteness of the Whale III' (2010) Installation for the exhibition CUT at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, 400 x 1000 x 300cm

Charlotte McGowan-Griffin ‘The Whiteness of the Whale III’ (2010) Installation for the exhibition CUT at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, 400 x 1000 x 300cm

Charlotte McGowan-Griffin 'Red Lanterns' (2008) cut paper, shoji paper, light source, looped cinema projection, 500 x 870cm

Charlotte McGowan-Griffin ‘Red Lanterns’ (2008) cut paper, shoji paper, light source, looped cinema projection, 500 x 870cm

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