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Chinese paper-cutting by seven artists

Paper-cut art expressed cultural identity and shared community values and aesthetics. Common themes were symbols of good fortune and happiness with images of lotus flowers, carp and goldfish and the Chinese characters for luck, double happiness, and longevity.

Traditionally, the art form requires a single sheet of paper, usually red, cut using only scissors without any pencil draft. However, as the practice became widespread across China, many variations appeared, including using different coloured, painted or dyed paper or cutting with a knife instead of scissors.

Artspace K hosted Paper-Cut, an exhibition of works based on Chinese paper-cutting by seven artists. They combine traditional and modern forms of paper-cutting to show its traditional beauty and charm in various innovative presentations. With two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and sculptural works that break through space, they push the boundaries of paper cutting into a newer and more vibrant art form.

The works on show were created with the primary purpose of being beautiful, and with varying degrees, each pays homage to the Chinese community to which the artists belong.

Text & photos by Martin Wray