Cut paper lends a quiet fragility to my work. Layering and overlapping creates shadows that echo the original, producing a repetition of angle, shape and value onto nearby surfaces. It is this play with lighting and shadow that I explore, using a simple medium of cut paper to manipulate texture and form through cutting and sculpting. Cast shadows are distorted and re-distributed, becoming re-imagined, just as memories become fragmented and rewritten as time stretches forward.

J. Diane Martonis serves as an Assistant Professor at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division. She received her MFA in 2001 from the State University of New York at Albany. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and continues to make art out of her studio in Longmont, CO.

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