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Andrew Michael Andrews is
New York City, New York, United States.
He works primarily in art paper, but occasionally dabbles in
large-scale installations, digitally-manipulated photography,
mixed materials and fiction.
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I use cut-and-layered art paper to create minimally-representational
bas-relief landscapes. My medium allows me to reduce each scene to its
most critical elements by varying the level of detail between one
component of the scene and another. This produces a somewhat-ambiguous
result, allowing viewers to apply their own interpretation to the work.
I begin by taking digital photo(s) of the subject(s) that I want to
depict, then use GIMP to crop,
combine and otherwise manipulate the images to compose the desired
After printing an image, I trace the outline onto colored paper
Mi-Teintes art paper). Because the paper is already
solid-colored, each color that I want in the result must
be traced (cut) separately. The number of colors selected naturally
affects the amount of detail that can be conveyed, and I vary the
level of detail to focus attention on the critical elements that can
identify an object without making it too specific. The effect is
somewhat mysterious, and for human figures it can even be haunting.
Layering the cutouts creates a shallow 3-D effect. Whenever possible,
each layer incorporates the outline of the layers in front of it,
providing additional sturdiness and enhancing the three-dimensional
effect. Also, except for some details, I try to create each layer "from
the ground up," so the desired result can be obtained simply by standing
each layer on its bottom edge, in front of the next, without permanently
attaching them. This, too, enhances the 3-D effect.
For most works, the layers are finally glued together for permanence.