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About Bennett's Papercuttings
Using an x-acto, I make these images out of a single sheet of black paper. It is an old technique that I appreciated growing up: I used to stare at an old-fashioned papercutting of my great-grandparents with their children hanging out together beside a model boat.
I make scenes of everyday life: cooking, farming, music, dance. Humdrum moments can carry surprising beauty, and it is up to us to flip the switch to see it. The unifying theme is "the culture of food" and I try to help people flip that switch with all of my work, whether it's food, worksongs or papercuttings.
Creating these images is one of the few activities that brings silence and focus. It takes all of my concentration to figure out if I should be cutting out a void or leaving a connector, and you can't erase a bad cut. But making the right cut is a the ultimate satisfaction.
I am a beginner at this and ask you to appreciate my work as such. In addition to the old-time papercuttings of my great-grandparents, I am inspired by the modern resurgence in this ancient art, represented particularly by papercutters like Nikki McClure, Heather Moore, and Tina Tarnoff. Sabra Field is one of my other major inspirations. I am indebted to their vision and creativity, so if you like what I do, please check them out and support their work!
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When I was a kid I used to stare at this old-fashioned papercutting of my great-grandparents with their children hanging out together beside a model boat.