The Green Man v. Robin Hood - fragility, transience, and rebirth
Loïs Cordelia's latest work in cut-paper features her reinterpretation of an ancient symbol of Nature, the Green Man, combining references also to another ancient 'green man', the legendary archer, outcast, and liberator of the poor and oppressed, Robin Hood. The Green Man looks away from the viewer with a poignant, wistful expression, rather than directly at the viewer with a level gaze, as the Green Man is traditionally depicted.
"Gaze of the Green Man"
The crown of thorns hints at Christ's suffering, suggesting how biodiversity is destroyed and crucified by humankind. The spider's web hints at the fragile interconnectedness, while numerous native plant species evoke various aspects of Nature. A dandelion clock implies transience, and perhaps the running out of time, but also proliferation. A butterfly suggests rebirth.
Work in progress
See Loïs at work on this design in her new video:
Paper Art by a Thousand Scalpel Cuts - Lois CordeliaArtist Loïs Cordelia demonstrates and talks about her scalpel paper-cutting art techniques and inspirations.
Keywords: art, christ, crown of thorns, cut-paper, dandelion clock, ferns, green man, nature, paper-cutting, portraits, robin hood, scalpel, seasons, time, transience, waldgeist
Wonderful work and so interesting to see the process. Re-working archetypal symbols in a contemporary context is so important.
amazing work Lois! Really nice to see you working. I had wondered if you sat or stood to work- I always stand to paint for the same reason- feeling physically free.
What paper do you cut into? It must be quite tough to hold together in such fine strands and to withstand being lifted and turned.
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