Bovey Lee — an artist based in Pittsburgh — has the skills and the endless patience to make these amazingly detailed illustrations. She hand cuts each one on a single sheet of Chinese xuan (rice) paper using a wide array of cutting instruments. The resulting pieces are delicate and mesmerising.
My narrative-based cut paper explores the tension between man and the environment in the context of power, sacrifice, and survival. These three "motivators," as I call them, drive all our desires and behaviours toward one another and the environment. We live in a time when we overdo everything from technology to urbanization to consumption. My recent work is informed by our precarious relationship with nature in the twenty-first century, i.e., what we do to the environment with our super machines and technologies and what nature does back to us in reaction.
This is part of a series in which we are featuring really cool 2D or 3D illustrations and animations. If you are an illustrator or animator with high quality work, please drop me a line here.