How much complicated paper-cut can be? Bovey Lee (previous) just raise my bar again and again. After moved from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles and get inspired by two diiferent countries’ living styles, Bovey Lee created a new serires of paper artworks to display the features and landscapes of her old and new lives as if twisted together on the spiraling tracks of rollercoasters. Cut by hand from Chinese xuan paper, the pieces depict collisions of skyscrapers and flower bouquets, buffalos carrying mountainous stacks of suitcases, or wedding cakes are surrounded by storm clouds. As Bovey said, “In these works, I draw parallels between one’s romantic relationship and our relationship with nature. While seeking balance, eternity, stability, and harmony in both relationships, the journey we take on are often complex, dramatic, changing, and lopsided. But there is also incredible beauty, energy, richness, and even whimsy in chaos and imperfections through the ups and downs, and trial and error.”
Chinese artist Bovey Lee continues to amaze us by her incredible detailed paper cutting art. She meticulously cuts intricate scenes of plants, roads, people, and architecture on those arge thin sheets of Chinese rice paper. It is quite impressive to look at the detailed photos of Lee’s paper cut and make you wonder how she can create that intricate scenes on the easily broken paper. Bovey Lee’s work is rooted in her traditional Chinese painting and calligraphy training combined with modern computer technology and her own innovations. As Lee says “When I cut paper, it is a visceral reaction and natural response to my affection for precision, detail, and subtlety.”
Cutting paper has been around for a long time in many cultures and traditions. Bovey Lee‘s work is inspired by Chinese paper cutting but at the same time defies it, breaking every traditional rule there is. Lee’s professional career as a cut paper artist came at the time when the medium, as interpreted by her peers, gradually gained traction and attention in the international art stage. In an exclusive interview with Design Boom, Lee shares the story behind the process. “Using the very same Chinese rice paper for calligraphy, I define what I do as drawing with a knife. When I cut paper, it is a visceral reaction and natural response to my roots and affection for precision, detail, and subtlety.” Below is some of Lee’s amazing work and you can find more on her website. [source]
Today I got a pretty gift from my Chinese friend, it is called “Chinese knotting“. It is a beautiful and exquisite butterfly knotted in two colors: pink and yellow. My friend said, this kind of knotting is very popular in China especially during Chinese New Year. Some lucky animals in China like fish, dragon, turtle, phoenix as well as some Chinese characters such as “happy”, “fortune” and “long life” are the traditional patten in those knotting.