New York-based artist Maude White creates majestic characterizations of people, birds, leaves and any other compositions. Each detailed piece in precisely cut to reveal a unique story or message. As a papercutting artist, she loves the delicacy of paper, thing that seems quite fair to me. We know she exhibited her works at several galleries in Western New York and the Hudson Valley; Maude’s works were published in The Artvoice, ThisIsColossal, The Buffalo News and many other magazines.
„One of the challenges of papercutting is the permanence of each cut. With a knife there’s no erasing, there’s no painting over, there’s no backspace. I have to be very sure I want to make each cut before I put my blade to the paper.”
It was the first time when I heard about this craft thing that I would like to call it art, appreciating that her work is done on the macro as well as the micro level. The detailed work on the feathers, with lines that must be only a couple of millimetres thick, holds the piece together somehow, as a testament to the physical power. Working with paper like a sculptor would clay or marble, she seems to be freeing the creations from the nature, and her own concerns of identity, sadness and the intersection of fragility and strength.
“I think that craft is just as important and valuable as art. I would tell any aspiring artist that to be a craftsperson is a great thing. Art and craft can go hand in hand, and sometimes craft comes first. I think I am a craftsperson.”
Her future dreams are to continue exhibiting her works and expanding into more installation based and site specific papercutting work. When talking about what inspires her, Maude claims: “Patterns inspire me. Nature inspires me. I love finding and even inventing patterns in nature. Motion, and cutting things in motion, inspires me. Water inspires me, and, of course, birds.”
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