Air of Summer

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Another artwork I created during this holiday incorporates papercut work with waxed newspaper, layered in order to create a depth to the artwork.

I found waxed paper fascinating, as coating materials with wax (I use candle wax) provides them interesting surface textures and tones of colours. Especially, I like using newspaper (including those glossy real estate magazines inside weekend newspaper) because waxing them gives a sense of nostalgia and cosiness.

The process of waxing newspaper begins from selecting the right pages. When paper soak wax, the images and texts on the opposite side become see-through. So imagining how it may look like when waxed beforehand is very important – the balance of colours, the juxtaposition of positive and negative spaces and the atmosphere formed by waxing.

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For this artwork, I used orange and white candle wax on a page of the newspaper and crumpled it to produce white creases. I selected the page that has a warm colour scheme with the dominance of light brown/purple. These colours helped me represent a sense of reminiscence about childhood – being surrounded by tall sunflowers, feeling a sense of isolation in nature.

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The white of the paper articulates the outline of the paper cut. I chose to depict motifs as positive space rather than as negative space (i.e. having the paper as the canvas) and supported them using thin nails.

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