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INTERNATIONAL HAND CUT PAPER EXHIBITION
Here Today Gone Tomorrow,
Life's Fragile Nature

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NG Art Gallery, inspired by artists who test and embrace the traditional practice of hand cut paper, brings together an international group of accomplished manipulators of this medium. The exhibition Here Today Gone Tomorrow, Life’s Fragile Nature, opening on Tuesday 20th March, hosts an exhilarating array of paper geniuses’, in a space that allows for the diverse array of works to evince their potential, versatility and beauty.

 

 

These artists, included for their skills as alchemists of paper, enter the exhibition from the Netherlands, UK, China, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia. With hand, scissors, scalpel and machine they have cut, knotted, ripped and layered to create sensitive, evocative pieces that objectify the transient grace of life.

It is a labour of love between modest medium and artist’s vision, with immense possibilities. Here Today Gone Tomorrow, Life’s Fragile Nature, galvanised by the eclectic grouping of artists and their passion for paper, sees all conventional uses for the humble parchment dispensed of, transmuting it instead into works that push it’s full, aesthetic capabilities, applying it as a metaphor for fragility.

 

 

The 2000-year-old Chinese tradition has always been very highly regarded; artists would represent aspects of life such as prosperity, health or harvest. Cuttings were used to represent stories conveying triumphs, accomplishments of goals and decorative symbols that radiated good luck and, as the tradition spread over the land, styles began to evolve and transform.

Hand cut paper art today has a way of blurring the boundaries between art and craft, contemporary and traditional, all the while expressing itself as a symbol for fragility and transience. These are qualities that give the exhibition a unique beauty of works rich in variety.

 

 

The draw and attraction to paper art is the discord that lingers between its delicate, frangible properties and its ability to capture profound and lasting meaning. From our human experiences we are aware of the preciousness of life and of nature. The most precious things in our lives are transitory, be it love, youth, the natural world and life itself. Paper is the perfect metaphor for conveying the tenuous nature of life, here one minute disposed of the next, easily broken, delicate and vulnetrable to the world around it.

As dawn goes down to day, life diminishes to death, innocence of youth is lost, summer surrenders to winter, and nothing is eternal. Life, like paper is precious, vulnerable and fleeting, for nothing gold can stay.

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