Okay, okay. I know it’s been a lifetime since I actually found some time to post. But once I saw the work of Annie Vought, I knew I had to have a little Experts homecoming. Vought, an Oakland-based artist, finds beauty in what sadly seems to be a vanishing art: the handwritten letter. She meticulously handcuts the correspondences, removing all negative space to showcase the forms of the individual letters themselves.
From Vought’s site:
The handwriting and the lines support the structure of the cut paper, keeping it strong and sculptural, despite its apparent fragility. In these paper cutouts, I focus on the text, structure, and emotion of the letter in an elaborate investigation into the properties of writing and expression. Penmanship, word choice, and spelling all contribute to possible narratives about who that person is and what they are like. My recreating the letters is an extended concentration on peoples’ inner lives and the ways they express their thoughts through writing.
These delicate, intricate pieces are somewhat reminiscent of Jill Sylvia’s amazing ledger work. Clearly, we Experts swoon over the art of cut paper.
More images after the jump.
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You may have already seen Dalton Ghetti’s amazing work, but it is absolutely worth seeing again. Ghetti, a Brazilian artist living in Bridgeport, Connecticut, has been carving the tips of graphite pencils into incredible, microscopic sculptures since he was a child. The artist uses only razor blades, sewing needles and excellent lighting (no magnification!) to create these intricate miniature masterpieces. A carpenter by trade, Ghetti carves the pencils in his spare time.
“The pencil has been kind of like a challenge to myself. I can do anything really big, but the small stuff is really difficult, so I was like, let me see how small I can go.”
“When I’m inspired, I can sit down and things just flow. You can’t force yourself to do those things. I do it just for fun, it’s pretty much like a hobby, a kind of meditation work that I do,” says Dalton.
See more of Ghetti’s awe-inspiring work, as well as credits, after the jump.
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