The other day photographer Josh Gates asked me, “Which paper cutout is the first one you’ve ever made?”
That is a great question.
It is “Beholder.”
“Beholder” is inspired by a Chinese opera mask paper cutting in my collection. Very elaborate, detail, and masculine, the main figure has one of the eyes turned into a child’s face.
I thought that was so interesting to make a piece about role reversal. The outcome is “Beholder” in which one of my eyes was replaced by my mother’s face.
And I wanted to surround us with flowers.
“Beholder” has a very special place in my heart and it is significant because it sets the tone for all other paper cutouts I have created since.