Sherry Santangelo - Paper Tole Art -June 2010
Reception: Saturday, June 12, 2010, 2-4 p.m.
Music by Sanyukta Inamdar

Artist's Bio:

Paper Tole is the process of taking identical prints, cutting out the components, then sizing, shaping and layering these components on the base print to give the finished piece a three-dimensional effect.

Sherry Santangelo is a Chinese-American from Taiwan. She discovered the joy and beauty of this paper tole while strolling down a Café Gallery in Taipei in 2006 and has followed her enthusiasm for this traditional technique since then. She is a member of the Chelmsford Art Society, Lexington Origami Group and is a Chinese teacher for Chelmsford Community Education, the Chelmsford Library and the Chinese Language School.

For Sherry, her Exacto knife is her paint brush and her paint is any open-copyright print. The painstaking result of this technique is a very detailed, deep perspective and three-dimensional work of art.

Artist's Statement:

I am inspired by the paintings of the original artists, whether the work is in watercolors, oils or acrylics. To create a more realistic image, I use an Exacto knife to cut out the parts I need. Using shaping, feathering and other techniques, I put these layered components back onto the original image to give it more depth and a vivid, three-dimensional effect. Through the whole process, I feel I am connected again with the artwork that the artist wanted to express. It is an amazing and powerful experience.

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