Paper can be used for far more than just note taking, presentations and books. The world of paper is far more artistic and beautiful than you probably realised. The ancient art of origami has been taken to the next logical step; actually taking scissors to the paper to create something truly unique.

Béatrice Coron is a self-titled ‘paper-cutter’. What this remarkable lady does with paper is simply amazing, and not just in the way that she uses the paper itself in order to tell a story.

To quote Michelangelo, “Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.”

It seem that Béatrice agrees; “… My image is already inside the paper, I just have to remove what’s not from that story.”

As a teenager, Béatrice spent much of her free time sketching and drawing the things that interested her, with being an artist an ambition of hers. Along the way she has had an assortment of different jobs such as a truck driver, factory worker and a stint as a cleaning lady. At one point, she was even a shepherdess!

The paper-cutter and the restless legs

After travelling the world for a while, working as she went, in places like Mexico, Egypt, Taiwan, New York, China, Tibet, Central Asia… She decided it was probably about time she started that career (calling?) as an artist.

The world of silhouette caught her eye as an efficient medium, graphically as well practically. Eventually Coron gravitated toward paper-cutting. Her reasoning was practical as much as it was creatively inspired.

“I realized starting so late [at 40] that I wouldn’t have time to master any particular medium or genre, and paper-cutting seemed to me so direct. It’s good, fast, cheap and light.”

Béatrice will begin her incredibly intricate pieces with a drawing. From her she will make a sketch. This becomes the framework for her stories, her world made of paper. When the cutting begins, Coron says, she adds a lot of things into the work, as she is cutting – building the story, fleshing it out as she goes along.

Lots of Corons’ pieces are on the larger side, too. There is one installation, titled “Heavens and Hells”. This work consists of two pieces, each one measuring an impressive 13 feet high by 45 inches wide. Another series is 9 yards long.

Corons’ work is truly incredible, and proof that paper can be used for a multitude of different things. When it comes to paper, we are not restricted to office supplies or the book industry. We are not even limited within the art world, as evidenced by the fantastic work of Béatrice Coron.

Source: Ted Talk