Kako Ueda creates incredibly intricate and beautiful artworks from cut paper. Seen here, a work-in-progress titled "Memento Mori" (site specific wall relief), cut black paper, 50" x 50". From Ueda's artist statement:
Cut paper exists in many cultures and is normally perceived as a craft medium. In Japan where I was born, this medium is used for stencil making — a way to make patterns for kimono wear. I became attracted to the medium because of its history as well as its process of cutting to make images. Cut paper piece has a look of a drawing at the same time has its own physicality.
I am interested in organic beings — insects, animals, and human bodies — how they are born out of nature byut constantly influenced and modified by culture.