Artist carves exquisite cut-outs using recycled newspapers

Myriam Dion
© Myriam Dion

There's more than one way to re-use a newspaper, and while some may knit or even build furniture with this abundant material, Montréal-based artist Myriam Dion takes a sharp knife to it. Carving intricate patterns and motifs into existing images, mastheads and layouts, Dion, a graduate student at Université de Québec à Montréal, creates pieces that seem to take a new life of their own, thanks to her skillful re-interpretation.

© Myriam Dion
© Myriam Dion
© Myriam Dion
© Myriam Dion

Using a range of newspapers from Le Devoir to the Cape Cod Times, Dion etches out tiny shapes over and over, creating an almost fabric-like texture, except that it's all done as subtraction. The result is an extremely fragile surface that Dion uses to cover windows, walls and spaces, adding another dimension.

© Myriam Dion
© Myriam Dion
© Myriam Dion

The delicate colours of the photos remain, accentuated by the paper filigree. Certain details like eyes, juxtaposed with Dion's exquisite handiwork, suggest a subtle narrative that is left to the viewer's imagination.

© Myriam Dion
© Myriam Dion
© Myriam Dion

Another great example of artistic recycling of the mundane into something quite precious; to see more, check out her upcoming exhibitions at Pulse Miami, Art Toronto 2013, and Foire en art actuel de Québec, or on Myriam Dion's website.

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