hand-cut paper by carlo fantin unites religious art + social media culture
hand-cut paper by carlo fantin unites religious art + social media culture hand-cut paper by carlo fantin unites religious art + social media culture
jan 27, 2015
hand-cut paper by carlo fantin unites religious art + social media culture


hand-cut paper by carlo fantin unites religious art + social media culture
all images courtesy of carlo fantin

 

 

 

using paper as an artistic medium, with its distinct delicacy and fragility, requires a meticulous attention to detail and an extremely steady hand. following experimentation in drawing, sculpting, ceramics, and painting, italian artist carlo fantin was drawn to paper, for its quotidian quality — physically — and metaphorically, its use in the literally field, to tell stories and relay scenes.

 

fantin has crafted a series of hand-cut paper compositions, each incomprehensible in their painstaking, almost lace-like quality. miniature apertures have been pierced into black, high quality, acid-free construction paper using only a craft knife, depicting a portrait through the interplay between negative and positive space. ‘I want people to have a physical relationship with my art that it is not just confined to the distance of their arms‘ fantin describes. ‘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.’ the series can be described by their synthesis of roman catholic religious iconography and symbols from today’s social media saturated culture. facebook, twitter and instagram logos are ‘tattooed’ onto the face and body of the virgin mary, etched with lines sourced from the bible.

carlo fantin hand cut paper religious iconography social media culture
‘virgin with facebook tattoos’
18″ x 12″, hand cut paper, 2014

arlo fantin paper religious iconography social media culture
‘virgin with twitter tattoos’
18″ x 12″, hand cut paper, 2014

carlo fantin paper religious iconography social media culture
‘instaddictive’
18″ x 24″, hand cut paper, 2014

carlo fantin paper religious iconography social media culture
‘philippians 2:3′
18″ x 18″, hand cut paper, 2014

carlo fantin paper religious iconography social media culture
‘la madonna de las cholas’
18″ x 18″, hand cut paper, 2014

carlo fantin paper religious iconography social media culture
‘sacred facebook heart’
24″ x 18″, hand cut paper, 2014

carlo fantin paper religious iconography social media culture
‘our lady of hashtags’
18″ x 24″, hand cut paper, 2014

carlo fantin paper religious iconography social media culture
‘luke 1: 26 – 38′
24″ x 18″, hand cut paper, 2014

carlo fantin hand cut paper religious iconography social media culture
‘the two madonnas’
series of 30, 6″x6″ pieces that create a large 37.5″ x 31″ portrait

carlo fantin paper religious iconography social media culture
‘black madonna of selfies’
18″ x 24″, hand cut paper, 2014

carlo fantin paper religious iconography social media culture
‘madonna de los followers de twitter’
18″ x 18″, hand cut paper, 2014

carlo fantin paper religious iconography social media culture
process photo

carlo fantin paper religious iconography social media culture
detail of the making-of

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