Artist StatementAn homage to three past traditions, botanical illustration, collage, and paper cutting, these delicate works combine the intricacy of hand cutting with a rich assemblage of layered paper to provide a new approach to art and nature. My interest in paper and collage dates back to childhood. Growing up on Long Island in the 60s, I was an avid collector of scraps and forgotten bits of memorabilia. Inspired by the work of Joseph Cornell and Kurt Schwitters, I discovered a means to store these findings through the medium of collage. Years of stomping through field and forest to find art materials developed into a deep appreciation of plants and nature, so much so, that I became a botany student in college. In recent years, while searching for a way to challenge my own work and push the craft of collage, I decided to fuse my passion for botany with that of paper to provide viewers something they had never seen before. The result is Botanical Papercutting. P R O C E S S: The essential technique involves hand cutting with a single (x-acto) blade through multiple layers of collaged antique papers. I begin each piece by by crafting a collage from a combination of antique engravings, vintage maps, stamps, and world currency. From this collage I hand cut an intricate silhouette of a fern or flower, always mindful of the ultimate placement of essential details. Prismacolor brings out texture in the finished piece that is then embellished with gold leaf before being mounted on acid-free paper. Each botanical is professionally framed to provide optimum archival protection.
Virginia Rose Kane is an independent artist working full-time in her studio in Frederick, Maryland. Kane’s Botanical Papercuttings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and is held in private and corporate collections as well. Marketing her work directly to enthusiastic collectors by appointment, Kane’s goal is to promote the craft of collage while supporting herself through art. She was born in Westbury, New York and received her Bachelors degree in Art from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.