Papercuts

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” That’s what Michaelangelo said, some 500 years ago. I could also easily have been a quote from contemporary artist Peter Callesen, were it not that Calleson’s material isn’t marble – it’s paper.

When I look at a sheet of A4 paper, I see a printable object. Callesen however sees little stories, hidden within them: failytales, romantic encounters, or dramatic tragedies.

Through delicate cuts, the artist allows tiny, fragile figures to erect themselves from the paper – but without ever escaping where the material they came from.