2018 — .   Each scene in this series is an original free-hand cut design in construction paper.  All pieces are coated in a lightfast India ink and suspended between glass mounted in a hand-soldered frame. 
My cut paper work is largely inspired by the mythological creatures and plants that captured my imagination in reading and storytelling from the start.
I owe a tremendous amount of influence to a range of folk mythologies and particularly the
motifs found in illuminated medieval manuscripts.  Forms and symbols within a botanical and feminist context celebrate and provoke our juxtaposition with nature in these sun-catchers/shadow-casters.  Although I originally began cutting them as a way of ritualized focusing and developing my own myth imagery, over time these pieces have been finding their way to others who enjoy their dark and primordial scenes.

© maisie o'brien 2020