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.
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.
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.
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.