During my art college years I enjoyed making art with found material. I always on the out look for material .One day, I discovered a boxful of small booklet discarded outside of the school library. The booklet was about how to use the library and how to reach the members of the staff which about 5” square with 12 pages.
I took a handful of the booklet and use them for my screen printing. on each page I made a separate screen for it.
Recently, I came across those made-over library booklets I started to adding paper cutting on each pages because each page with different color and design it keep one wanted to turn the page to see the next layer. the design for this page was inspired by William Morris. ( I place a sheet of white paper behind for better photo)
Last year a pair of Giant Panda arrived in Toronto from China with great fanfare. They were greeted by our Prime minster Harper at the airport for the photo-op. However it was merely a business deal as the Toronto Zoo has to pay China with a cool million dollar per year in order to house them. The overexcited Zoo Director also built a two millions dollar Panda Palace for them as well.. Since the Panda diet is consist of mainly bamboo, they have to fly in three times a week from the Memphis Zoo by FedEx for the duration of their stay.
All these information just keep swimming in my head and inspired me to come up with my own Panda Souvenir: ‘Giant panda with CN Tower” a watercolour with paper cut, 22”x13”
When I was a child with brother, sisters often we played a game by looking at the clouds and called out what it resemble to, a bird, a cow or a person.
When I grown up and entered art school, one of the first and important lessons I learnt was to see the negative and positive space. When I paint in watercolour, the unpainted white spaces are as important as the painted area.
My childhood game has never left me, every thing I see, I notice things other over- looked and my imagination seems limitless.
With my latest fascination with paper cutting, the principal of negative and positive spaces are in evident again.
Many artists myself included often have doubts about our works, worry about the lack of sale. It took me years to realized, those are the things we I have little control over, instead on focus on the negatives. I just put my energy to create and explore on how to use my talent which I have control over.
My latest piece is another paper cut but on a photograph because lately I have the need to combining my other art forms I practice into one. I had done paper cut on my watercolour paintings and prints so photography is my next experiment. I took this shoot of a wheel of motorbike with its shadow because I like the pattern it creates and the positive and negative shapes.For me the motorbike represents strength, speed and freedom which gave me an idea to add the dragonfly into the shadow. The dragonfly represents the power of light, creative imagination to usher in positive changes in our life
paper cut on photo, 8″x11″.