Papercutting by Casey Lynch and Jessi Brown
Exhibit runs July 3rd – August 31st There is an artist reception on Saturday, July 14th from 6 PM – 9 PM.
Dating back as early as 100 CE in China, paper cutting began as a decorative folk tradition focusing on landscape and floral motifs. Moving to Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries, the craft evolved as a cheaper alternative than woodcarvings for home decoration with its height.
Paper cutting arrived in the States with an influx of German and Dutch immigrants in the 19th century, and took hold in Pennsylvania. The practice is experiencing a resurgence with a contemporary reinterpretation and rising popularity among young talents.
Artists Casey Lynch and Jessi Brown engage in the dialogue of present day paper cutting, by remixing old subject matter and techniques while pushing the art form forward with innovative styles and themes. Casey Lynch, a paper cutter from South Jersey, focuses on paper cutting’s narrative potential and fantastical qualities. On the other hand, Jessi Brown, working out of West Chester, explores paper’s expressive potential while also speaking to the process’s tradition.
The coexistence of Brown’s traditional silhouettes, original compositions, and expressive portraiture speak to the modern practice of paper cutting which quotes is history but elaborates on its potential.
Open to the public; please join us for the opening reception for a first look and to meet the artist for personal insights into their striking work. Wine and light fare will be served compliments of awarding winning JPM Catering.