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"
Scalpel paper-cut. Approx. 40 x 50 cm. April 2015.
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.