Dressed for Dissent

Melanie Kehoss

Papercutting

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Papercutting has been my primary medium for 16 years. Each composition is like a puzzle that requires thoughtful consideration of positive and negative space. I relish the smooth, controlled, yet gestural line that a hand-held knife creates, as well as the graphical impact of a cut image.

My illuminated shadowboxes explore the origins of cultural phenomena, from cuisine, to mourning, to social media. I investigate how customs evolve through the mingling of cultures, and with the sway of technology and trade.

In addition to my studio practice, I teach art at Arlington Arts Center and US Arts Center. I am co-manager and co-founder of the Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour and serve on the executive board of the Guild of American Papercutters.