Working with cut paper was a natural outgrowth of my 15-year drawing and painting practice. It was also a means of both augmenting and side-stepping the (rich and cumbersome) history and materiality of painting.
The work here takes its inspiration from papel picado: the Mexican craft that uses punches and chisels on stacks of tissue paper to create decorative narratives. I use x-acto knives to excise the hand-drawn shapes. Every shape must connect to the whole in order to remain part of the matrix. I find this a perfect metaphor for the interconnectedness and interdependence of sky-forms and land-forms. The playfulness and hide-n-seek quality is both visually stimulating and also reflects perfectly what I believe true about worlds that are closely intertwined but often invisible to one another.
I look forward to the continued development of this work with multiple layers of paper, shadows, perhaps projections. Physical and ephemeral layers of shape, light, shadow and space have the potential to both embody and create the very real complexity of contemporary Chicana experience and meaning.