Kiri-e is the Japanese art of paper cutting.
No ink or paint is used, only black paper that has been cut and placed on white paper.
Brooklyn Bridge © Allan Avidano, paper, 11 x 14.5 inches
Staten Island Ferry © Allan Avidano, paper, 11 x 14.5 inches
Poems are made by fools like me © Allan Avidano, paper, paper clips, watercolor, wire coat hangers
We evolved in nature to live in nature. The advent of the modern world has been so rapid that we’ve been increasingly ushered indoors and away from the natural world without the time to appropriately adapt. Many of us have become so disconnected that we don’t even recognize nature as something inherent and longed for. In so many words, we’re not made for the world we made. This separation between us and nature has been giving rise to many of our modern day ailments, both mental and physical. This work was inspired by these thoughts. Made primarily from the simple supplies found in an office where many of us spend most of our waking hours, it’s meant to serve as an indoor reminder of the outdoors.
The title is taken from Joyce Kilmer’s poem, “Trees.”