Paper artist Maude White
American self-taught paper artist Maude White has created an art gallery of intricate paper cut of fairy characters, birds, animals. Maude White came from a family of visual storytellers. Her mother and sister are both gifted toy makers. Maude White is influenced by her family art. When she was little she enjoyed working with paper. She was attracted by the stark contrast between the black and white paper. “With paper cutting there are so many opportunities to create negative space that tells its own story, just by letting the observer become present in the piece, by allowing him or her to look through it. I like that.” Maude White is currently working on an exhibition to be shown in Buffalo, NY in September.
Besides Maude White’s artwork there is much of interest, including linocut monsters by Bill Fick and a letterpress cover by Richard Kegler. She prefers a sharp X-acto knife, “It may sound weird, but I love to cut, ” she said, “I just enjoy the process.” She also shared one trade secret of her technique. She uses a silver colored pencil to sketch on the black paper before she begins cutting.
“I have great respect for paper. When I cut, the thin membranous material reveals its strength to me. No matter how small my cuts the paper holds. There is a certain comfort in that, a comfort I enjoy. I feel that there are very few things in the world as reliable and constant as paper. Paper is everywhere and it has been telling stories for centuries. By respecting and honoring paper for what it is, and not considering it a stepping-stone to something greater, I feel like I am communicating some of the pleasure it brings to me. I am not creating for Art’s sake. I am creating for Paper’s sake, to make visible the stories that every piece of paper attempts to communicate to us”.
Maude White creates beautiful illustrations cut from paper, and in her work there is no room for error; one wrong move can be fatal for the composition. Her latest series is entitled “What remains on the farm.”