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Scherenschnitte Illustrations
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 China.



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.


"Green Carnation"


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" "Parthenon Infinity"



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. 


Most scherenschnitte 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"




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