Angie Pickman

Angie Pickman

Artist
Profile Location
Lawrence , KS
Biography

Pickman, originally from Atchison, Kansas, currently (2013) lives and works as a full-time cut paper artist in Lawrence, Ks, often operating under the moniker, “Rural Pearl.” She lived and worked in New York City for a number of years before returning to Kansas in 2009 to pursue her artistic career full-time. She exhibits at both galleries and art fairs nationally, does illustration work, and teaches various classes and workshops. She is a member of the Lawrence Art guild and the Guild of American Paper Cutters.

Artist Statement

I began cutting paper in 2003 after seeing “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” - a cut paper stop-motion silhouette animation from 1926 by Lotte Reiniger. I had always wanted to be “an artist” - knew from a very young age that it was my life calling, but it took me a long time to figure out in which medium this wouold manifest itself. When I saw Lotte’s work, something clicked.

My life philosophy revolves around achieving simplicity, winnowing away at all the things that are not needed so the individual can be reduced to the rawest, purest being possible. I think at this level, one is more readily able to truly observe and take in the natural beauty that exists around us. Cutting  paper is metaphorical for this—the cutting away of all that is unnecessary to reveal the subject in a simple, bold form.

My tools of trade are a rubber gripped x-acto knife, acid-free paper, mechanical pencils, a self-healing cutting mat, and coffee—for consumption and for a few stains here and there.

Medium
Graphic Design
Installation
Print / Paper
 
 

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