I had the pleasure of visiting a unique exhibition of hand cut pieces by Adelaide artist Ellen Marie Schlobohm at Urban Cow Gallery in the city. Her exhibition continues until the 27th of September. The works are entirely paper and have been meticulously cut to reveal fascinating scenes in silhouette.
Humming bird is delicately created so that the bird hovers between two flowers inside a series of rhythmically patterned circular shapes, while a small snail hides at the bottom of the work. Ellen has applied rhythmic pattern to the shapes repeating her cut lines. This gives a dynamic feel to the piece even though the bird is essentially a static entity. The silhouetted shapes and the shadows they create on the wall invite the viewer to engage with the design. This work is fun and quirky and is a delight to view.
Tweet Tweet, is a beautiful bird flying across the wall with wings outstretched. The detail in the wings and tail is captivates the eye and enriches the senses. The cut line is careful and precise. This work is angular in nature and features a nice mix of pattern and shape. The delicate paper remnants hang between the cut lines and reflect the nature of a bird in flight.
Ellen Schlobohm with her beautiful works reminds us of the fragility of the beautiful things in our world.