Brief History of Tobacco

Melanie Kehoss


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I have been making cut paper art for 17 years. Each composition is like a puzzle that requires thoughtful consideration of positive and negative space. I relish the smooth, controlled, and crisp 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.