Hand-cut Paper

An eye-catching collection by Italian artist Carlo Fantin combines religious images and motifs with those of today’s social media. His remarkable artwork is completely made out of paper; using such a delicate medium represents a challenge to the artist as well as a way of expressing his talent and ability.

Courtesy of Carlo Fantin

Courtesy of Carlo Fantin

His manual cutting of high quality, black, acid-free construction paper reveals images of great detail. Fantin experimented with many forms and mediums of art such as drawing and sculpting, however, his use of paper delivers depth in the artwork.

Courtesy of Carlo Fantin

Courtesy of Carlo Fantin

This is due to paper’s everlasting use to tell stories and share ideas in both the artistic and the literary fields. Carlo’s work combines icons of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with religious icons such as the Virgin Mar; the outcome is an interesting mix of the two.

Courtesy of Carlo Fantin

Courtesy of Carlo Fantin

“I want people to have a physical relationship with my art that it is not just confined to the distance of their arms” Fantin’s vision translates into his intricate pieces, with a high level of detail and creativity. By using the craft knife, Fantin empties different patterns and forms to create mesmerizing compositions. The method Carlo uses emphasizes the use of negative and positive space in art. “I want people to experience how the image changes as they walk away from it. At a very close look the piece seems to be abstract, when you step back the image comes to life” explains the artist.

Courtesy of Carlo Fantin

Courtesy of Carlo Fantin

By:Ala’ Abuhasan

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