CUTS II - Bani Bali

Opening night        June 16, 2017                 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday June 17, 2017
11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Sunday June 18, 2017
11:00 am to 6:00 pm

Self-taught Canadian artist Bani Bali takes a fresh approach to the classic technique of paper cutting. Inspired by her travels, and grounded in her day-to-day activities, the artist channels her creative messages into delicate, captivating, intricately-cut pieces of varied sizes.  She finds paper, the blend of natural world and human creation, to be a heightened medium in which to express her unique visual thoughts.
Artist Statement

I cannot recall a time in my life when I did not draw.  Art for me has always been about capturing the images in my mind.  Whether painting, photography or cutting paper, art helps me give form to thoughts I cannot adequately express with words.  Painting allows me to express my love of colour, where I can ponder and reflect my feelings with bright and bold colours brought together.  By contrast, photography is very “in the moment”.  It captures what I see and experience just as it happens.  Paper cutting is an exercise in extreme patience.  The time and care it takes to form and shape my images are painstaking in every piece…..big or small.  Each medium’s unique challenges allow particular forms of creative expression.

In cutting paper, I try to bridge the gap between the traditional medium of paper cutting and contemporary expression.  This unforgiving medium, where one wrong cut can end hours of work demands great respect and I enjoy the focus and discipline it brings to me.  Even in its simplicity, paper is powerful.  Paper helps me create worlds of light and shadow, texture and dimension.  In this medium, the quality of your craft says as much about your state of mind as the representation itself.                                         

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