Kind­est cut of all

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­fery

US­ING cre­ativ­ity to spread peace and love, Parmelia artist Tusif Ah­mad painstak­ingly cuts in­tri­cate de­signs out of pa­per to cap­ture that sen­ti­ment.

He will be hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of his works at The Labyrinth Path Art Gallery in Me­d­ina.

Mr Ah­mad said he chose the medium of pa­per cut­ting and that sup­port from his wife, Mo­hbeen Tusif, had greatly helped him achieve his artis­tic vi­sion.

“I came to Aus­tralia 10 years ago and I no­ticed that it was not pop­u­lar in WA, let alone Aus­tralia,” he said.

“I thought why not in­tro­duce a new medium: de­pict­ing Is­lamic art with pa­per cut­ting. It will be a new thing for peo­ple here.

“The tech­nique I use is unique in the world and my art pieces re­flect the Qu­ran.”

Mr Ah­mad uses knives and needs to think a few steps ahead to en­sure the high­est qual­ity of ex­cel­lence and de­sign.

“Even with plan­ning, the work that is un­veiled af­ter cut­ting away the back­ground or cut­ting out the de­sign is a de­light­ful and awe-in­spir­ing sur­prise,” he said.

“The pa­tience re­quired for this kind of art­work is phe­nom­e­nal and is some­thing not ev­ery­one has.

“The sim­plic­ity, flex­i­bil­ity and the strength of pa­per al­low me to trans­form the ma­te­rial into beau­ti­ful two-di­men­sional art forms with a range of ex­pres­sion and that is when the craft of build­ing and form­ing merges with the ex­pres­sion of ideas and be­liefs.”

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Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d486512

Tusif Ah­mad with one of his works.

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