Ruth Mergi Ketubah Circles Multilayer

Fifty.

50 layers hand-cut paper. 19 x 19 cm.

Fifty layers! It's a personal record, folks. I'm pretty pleased with this one.

Continuing to push my work into the third dimension, this time with a free-flowing organic shape, to contrast the geometry of my last attempt.

The contours are a bit more subtle here, but I like the overall effect. It's tempting to want to take a very dramatic approach to these kinds of pieces -- and there is some of that in the pipeline -- but for this one, I chose a more restrained approach.

Subtlety has its advantages. For the artist, keeping it simple makes it easier to observe and evaluate the technique. That way I can see what's working and what's not, and get a better sense of what this IS, and how I can use it in future work.

For the viewer, subtlety forces you to really look. Some artwork only fully reveals itself to you if you pause to consider it, take a breath, step back. And that pause is such a beautiful thing in of itself. It's part of what I'm going for in my work, ultimately. The pause, the breath, the suspended sense itself.

The cutting here is pretty simple, actually. Precise but not complicated. Planning is key: Like most of my most recent work, this was designed in Illustrator after a few preliminary old-school pencil sketches.

This is a test for future fifty-layers designs, which are planned and ready to cut. I wanted to be sure before I moved forward with the larger pieces that the technique is sound and the proportions are good.

Now what should I do with these??

Saved for future flights of fancy... :)

Have a good one!

~ Ruth

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