Remember artist Bovey Lee's painfully detailed paper art that exposed current environmental and social issues like tsunamis and forced labor? The artist is at it again - and her latest creations take inspiration from her move from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles. The whimsical illustrations reflect her new environment by juxtaposing skyscrapers, communication towers, and plenty of nature.
Last year, Lee moved from a rural area of Pittsburgh into the bustling Los Angeles metropolis. What followed was a series of overwhelming emotions and turmoil, which she tries to come to grips with in her paper art. Her new cutouts, handcrafted from Chinese xuan paper, display landscapes of her old and new life twisted together, as if time didn’t exist.
Spiraling tracks, rollercoasters, flower bouquets, vehicles, skyscrapers, buffalos, forests and washing lines all art part of her new work.
She talked with This is Colossal about the parallels she draws between one’s romantic relationship and our relationship with nature. “While seeking balance, eternity, stability, and harmony in both relationships, the journey we take on are often complex, dramatic, changing, and lopsided,” she said. “But there is also incredible beauty, energy, richness, and even whimsy in chaos and imperfections through the ups and downs, and trial and error.”
Bovey Lee’s whimsical-chaotic paper-cuts are currently on show at Los Angeles’ Gavlak Gallery, so if you are around, don’t miss it.