Pa­per-cut art­works tell sto­ries of love

Southern Telegraph - - News - Chloe Fraser

In­flu­enced by tra­di­tional, in­tri­cate pat­terns and sym­bols found in Is­lamic art, pa­per-cut­ting artist Tusif Ah­mad will dis­play some of his most re­cent works in a seven-day ex­hi­bi­tion at The Labyrinth Path Art Gallery in Kwinana.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, which opens on Satur­day, Septem­ber 22, will fea­ture about 17 pieces of pa­per-cut­ting art­work.

Cre­ated us­ing knives, Ah­mad trans­forms pa­per into two-di­men­sional art forms by cut­ting pat­terns and sym­bols into a sin­gle sheet of pa­per.

Ah­mad said his art­work told sto­ries of love, peace and hap­pi­ness.

“My art mostly cap­tures Is­lamic sto­ries — they mainly give the mes­sage of love and re­la­tion­ships,” he said.

“Be­cause most art pieces have a story be­hind them, I do the re­search work first to un­der­stand the story then start the draw­ing process.

“About 70 per cent of it is the re­search and draw­ing, af­ter that I start cut­ting.”

How­ever, Ah­mad did not start his artis­tic life with pa­per cut­ting, orig­i­nally draw­ing land­scapes with ink.

Re­cently awarded the Pak­istan As­so­ci­a­tion of Western Aus­tralia achieve­ment and Rock­ing­ham Arts Coun­cil open cat­e­gory awards, Ah­mad will also ex­hibit his work in Mel­bourne next month.

His Immortal ex­hi­bi­tion will open on Satur­day, Septem­ber 22 from 2pm at the The Labyrinth Path Art Gallery, Kwinana.

The event is free and will run un­til Septem­ber 30.

Pic­ture: Chloe Fraser

Photo avail­able at west­ Pa­per-cut­ting artist Tusif Ah­mad is hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion of his work at Labyrinth Path Art Gallery in Me­d­ina this week­end.

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