Scherenschnitte is a
German word meaning "scissor-cut."
The intrusive copyright
notices you see on this page are necessitated
by the large number of laser-cut, die-cut, and otherwise mass
produced forgeries and copies now flooding the market from
The originals pictured here are unique and one-of-a-kind.
They consist of single sheets of hand-cut black paper,
sometimes with small bits of colored paper mounted behind.
All the black of each image is one continuous piece.
Artistically, Kerry likes to include single
elements of color in some of her works, and also enjoys finding ways to
make cut paper express motion, and mood. She is interested in exploring
the interplay of light and shadow, the weight and solidity of darkness,
the fragile openness of light. When cutting scherenschnitte, the
darkness gives you something to hang on to -- literally. But what is
cut away is empty, and easily torn, so that the challenge is always to
cut things in the right order. Scherenschnitte projects are
drawn first, and then the order of what is cut first and last is
carefully strategized. As the work becomes more and more fragile, still
you must have something to hold on to in the end.
The construction of
every scissor-cut piece offers a completely unique puzzle.
|"Sunlight at Knossos"
The Floating Palace
at Sunset depicts an old folk tale about an enchanted palace, the
work of a djinn. This was the most wonderful palace anyone could ever
wish for ... except for one thing: The palace wasn't attached to the
ground. This fact could be noticed at sunset, when the rays of the
setting sun shone briefly underneath.
The genie's magic came
with the proviso
that if anyone should ever mention the fact that the
palace was floating, it would disappear forever.
are made up of single, continuous sheets of paper. The Floating
Palace at Sunset is unusual in that it is made of two pieces, and
not connected in the middle. A split runs right through the center, at
the place where the sunset light shines under the palace.
"The Floating Palace at Sunset"