Papel picado, meaning punched or perforated paper, is my irreverent art medium of choice. This style of paper cutting derives from the interaction between Pre-Columbian, European and Asian materials and traditions. While indigenous paper-cutting designs were done on sheets of bark, Spanish trade ships containing items wrapped in delicate Chinese tissue paper made papel picado what it is today. Now it is most recognizable in the tissue-paper banners decorating Mexican fiestas and ceremonies. Combining an eclectic history of (New) Mexican and Chinese origins; foreshadowing the language of stencil art; and finally bridging an analog form of drawing and cutting images with an almost digital sense of positive versus negative space.
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