David Jenkins, self-taught paper cutter, will exhibit his work at the Central Library, October 31 – November 30, 2011.
Artist’s Statement – “I use simple materials to create complex images out of paper. Silhouette paper is black on the front and white on the back where I draw my original designs in the reverse. Each piece is hand cut from a single sheet of paper, using an X-Acto knife or scissors. I take pride in the exactitude required to work with this rather unforgiving medium—one wrong cut and the piece is ruined. I also frequently employ vintage backgrounds, such as antique sheet music or ledger sheets, seeds packets, magazine advertisements or game piece cards, to contrast with the silhouette. Occasionally, I incorporate old postage stamps to inject color into a design, creating a stained glass effect. My designs are eclectic and range from more traditional works echoing German scherenschnitte to humorous contemporary pieces featuring nonconformist penguins, the evolution of golfers, or visual puns.”