Legscutout #3, 2014
Collage, cut out paper, pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag
61 x 90 cm
- Old magazines (preferable fashion or lifestyle)
- Big sheet of paper (coloured, if you wish) to fix the cut outs
OPTIONAL Advanced (woven version):
- A3- Scanner
- A3 color printer
- Cutting mat
- Go through the old magazines, that you have read 10 times already.
The artwork is called Legscutout, but you can also look for hands, arms or anything else that you would like to use.
Your children can help, if they are keen too. The aim is to get us much pieces possible, so you have enough material to play with. Keep the tiny paper pieces safe from the cat or the dog, in case there is one.
When I did the cuttings I used trash magazines from German speaking European countries . Looking at the cut outs I realized that there is rarely P.O.C. skin. Almost every person that is printed is white colored. Do you experience the same?
- If you think you have enough material arrangement it on you sheet of paper. Choose an outer form: a square, a line, a circle. move the cut-outs until you like what you see. suits you.
- Fix the cut outs with glue. Be patient. It will need some time.
- If you want to stop here: Fix everything on you colored paper. If you have a frame left, frame it and find a nice spot at your favorite wall. Appreciate yourself-made artwork!
- If you want to do the advanced version, don’t fix your arrangement yet! Scan it first and color print it TWICE on the thickest paper you have at home.
- Now you need cutter, cutting mat and ruler.
- Take the first print out and cut regular vertical lines within the printed image zone. Don’t cut fully cut it. Stop at least 1 cm before the paper end. The outline shall stay complete.
- Now take the second print out and cut it into stripes. Use the same number of centimeters that you used for the vertical cuttings on the other print out. This second print out need to be cut completely. In the end you will have paper stripes.
- Now use the paper striped to wave it into the first print out. Have a look at the final artwork to see what effect this will have. Please make sure that the woven part is rather tight. But be careful the paper may tear if you pull too hard.
- You should now have a carpet like paper. And indeed, these artworks refers to textile techniques and reminds of large tapestries. It also has a strong visual effect that you can also find in Op Art paintings. The bigger your piece is the stronger this effect will be.
- But we are not there yet… Cut the ends of your woven stripes that it fits with the patterns. Fix These ends with glue.
- Now that it’s all fixed, cut off the white boarders, if you like and place the composition on your colored paper.
- Now find an old frame and cut it to the size. You might also want to do a passepartout with some paper of carton that’s left.
- After all those hours of work, find a good spot in your apartment and enjoy your hard work!
Monica Bonvicini is one of the most influential artists of her generation. Her work references socio-political conditions and their impact on society. Employing such diverse media as drawing, sculpture, installation art, video and photography, she explores relationships between architecture, gender roles, control and power. Her large-scale solo show ‘As Walls Keep Shifting’ was on view at OGR Torino until February 2020. She is represented by Galleria Raffaella Cortese, Milan.