Culture Art & Media Artist's Intricate Newspaper Papercuts Carve Out a Deeper Story By Kimberley Mok Writer McGill University Cornell University Kimberley Mok is a former architect who covered architecture and the arts for Treehugger starting in 2007. our editorial process Twitter Twitter Kimberley Mok Updated January 31, 2020 ©. Myriam Dion Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community For generations, newspapers and other forms of printed publications have brought us stories about happenings not only in our local communities, but also in the wider world. They might be stories with a serious bent, or human-interest stories that move and inspire us. But newspapers can also be a work of art, as Montreal, Canada-based artist Myriam Dion elegantly shows with her delicate paper-cut art, meticulously crafted out of newspapers both new and old. Having seen her work previously, we are again mesmerized by her latest works, which are even more intricate and finely detailed than ever before. © Myriam Dion © Myriam DionDion's creative process includes reading the newspapers she selects from beginning to end. She then re-interprets the often dire stories in her own way, by carving out and obscuring the original text and images with her own patterns and message, to compel the viewer to see thing in another way. © Myriam Dion © Myriam Dion © Myriam Dion In addition to her skillful cuts and intriguing compositions, she adds extra details like colours and gilded elements to give the pieces a visual integrity. As Dion says in this interview with the Huffington Post: By crafting thoughtful mosaics out of the world events, I question our appetite for sound-bite news and sensational art, showing the quiet power of a patient hand and an inquisitive eye, I am creating a new newspaper that can be interpreted, that encourages people to think more deeply about the news that we consume too easily. © Myriam Dion © Myriam Dion © Myriam Dion It's true that the constant churn of the media engine can lead us to a habit of voracious consumption, without the necessary effort of deeper digestion. Thankfully, Dion's splendidly ephemeral artworks prompt us to contemplate much further than surface appearances. To see more, visit Division Gallery and Myriam Dion.