“Paper Creatures” A Group Show.
September 9th, 2016 ~ October 29th, 2016 Museum of Antiquities of Tel Aviv Jaffa. “Paper Creatures” is curated by Ilan Garibi and showcases 30 paper craft artists from three continents including Fujino’s Mutation Waltz, a series of monstrous creatures that represent inner conflicts sometimes experienced in life, which she created in response to the show theme “creatures who live and exist in our heads.”
Mayuko Fujino is a self-taught papercut artist from Tokyo currently based in New York City. She has been practicing her art since 1999 and takes a new approach to Japanese traditional paper cutout technique by combining it with collage and other materials. Her works have been exhibited internationally at locations such as SOFA Art Fair New York, Pulse Art Fair Los Angeles, and UAMO Art Festival, Munich, Germany. Her art is featured in Paper Cut: An Exploration Into the Contemporary World of Papercraft Art and Illustration, written and compiled by noted papercraft illustrator Owen Gildersleeve, which introduces 25 of the world's top papercraft illustrators. She has worked on art commissioned by clients including New York City’s Department of Transportation, Nokia, Panasonic, Condé Nast, and WFMU Radio.
I grew up in a place where paper is considered something special. For example, paper strips attached to rice straw ropes work as charms and indicate sacred areas to keep the profane out. The strips divide the world into divine and mortal and are also a warning sign. Papercut art has a similar property, since it is an act of partitioning by cutting. The dual nature of this technique has always been attractive to me. There are two layers in my art; the top layer is paper cutout, it is clear and monochrome, where meanings belong. The bottom layer is collage and represents vagueness, colors, and meaninglessness. In this structure, I find invisible lines between reality and fantasy, consciousness and unconsciousness, order and chaos. However, as a piece of art is created, those two layers become mixed, swap roles, then switch back, and for a little while I dream of a third layer, which doesn’t exist; it can be called integration or the image of lines vanishing. It gives me a feeling of bliss for a moment, and it is that moment that I am trying to capture and express with my art.