Bovey Lee, Paper Cutout Artist, Pittsburgh, PA
Artist Statement: My paper cutouts contemporize a fading Chinese folk art, paper cutting. Simple material and laborious process infuse honesty and dignity into the highly intricate and elaborate compositions that I create. I work with rice paper because it is culturally significant and sustainable. Hand made from mulberry tree bark, rice paper is tissue thin, dense, and soft to the touch. The silk backing that I use adds resilience to the rice paper and silk is also renewable.
The underlying themes in her paper cutouts are power, sacrifice, and survival.
Bovey Lee was born in Hong Kong and moved to the United States in 1993. She works with and combines a wide range of media, including drawing, painting, digital media, and most recently paper cutting. Since 2005, Bovey’s paper cutout drawings seek to preserve, promote, and extend an ancient Chinese folk art through invention by adding personal and contemporary elements that have not been used in the traditional craft before.
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