現代芸術家 Kajita Miki
Modern Artist Kajita Miki
Born in Izumo-shi, Shimane.
Izumo is one of the oldest places that birthed many Japanese myths. Influenced by this since childhood, Miki grew up listening to stories of myths, worlds of death, and creatures.
In particular, stories told by her grandmother had a strong influence.
Miki became interested in life and death, and started studying animals and drawing them.
Miki first met papercut art in 2008 at an antique shop, when she saw a paper cutout for a kimono design. Miki fell in love with the beauty of the design and making replicas of her own.
Later, started making her own designs.
Miki still produces pieces that are mixed with kimono paper cutout designs found in antique shops.
Many pieces are of creatures and animals, but other pieces discuss social issues, life and death, and human rights issues.
Papercut art is creating a picture with just a plain paper and a knife.
Miki feels that by creating “life” through the violent act of cutting, the art form itself represents life and death.
Miki uses self-dyed paper that has a unique shine to it.
The shine is mostly golden, and describes the strength of life in the animals depicted.
Through this work, Miki wants to convey the preciousness, strength, dignity of life, and the gratitude for death.
Materials used are not limited to paper, sometimes using leather or thin plastic.
Plastic is sometimes used to create a transparent papercut art.
Papercut art is not limited to a flat surface, but also various 3D works like costume design, interior decorations, and spaces.
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