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Life Expressions in Papercuts

LIFE EXPRESSIONS IN PAPERCUTS BY MIGUEL CASTRO

The exhibition hopes to move viewers emotionally and challenge their opinion on certain subject matters and, at the same time, entertain on a very visual level of the craftsmanship of the artwork.

Papercutting, in the early 1900s, is an artform loosely used in the Philippines as a pastry paper wrapper design. Its development and transition as an artform is slow, since in the opinion of the artist, people’s perception of papercutting is merely a hobby or a pastime.  Thus its themes and concepts were confined to either dainty or “western country inspired” images.

Miguel Castro’s papercutting techniques introduce a contemporary approach. He uses old papercutting techniques on a theme-based or concept-based papercut artwork. Social commentary, Castro’s theme favourite, focuses on the messages rather than the technique of the papercutting artwork. Most viewers mistake the works as print, since intricacy and the laboriously “carved” shapes on paper seem to be only done by pen or ink. ONLY BY CLOSE INSPECTION that an observer gets the pleasure of discovering the one-piece, hand-cut, hand-designed paper.

Like Germany, India, China and others that have distinctive papercutting imagery, audiences will be exposed to Philippine artistry that reflects Philippine-inspired social commentary images through papercutting. Audiences will have insight into the similarities and differences in expressions in contemporary arts practice through Castro’s images.

The exhibition of Castro’s work at the Art Space on The Concourse will be a “first” in terms of artform and culture. The community will have an opportunity to be enriched culturally and inspired by their exposure to Castro’s papercutting and social commentaries through images.

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