Hand Cut Newspapers Form Visually Striking Patterns

Kenosis is a series of visually complex newspaper cuts that alter printed media and current events through intricate hand-carvings. Created by New York-based artist Shanti Grumbine, the project was inspired by her battle with Lyme Disease and it is filled with delicate complexities. As she recovered from physical and cognitive difficulties due to the disease, she found reading to be difficult and imagined what it might be like for words to actual disappear off of the pages of a newspaper.

As a result of her curiosity, the artist began to explore the nature of language, how cultures are bombarded with information, and how written ideas take on different meanings based on associations. She used the New York Times newspaper as her basis, delicately removing lines of the news to both develop a disconnect between the text as well as to produce visually striking patterns. She says, “By physically removing content, I make space for what has been censored in media as well as what is lost in the translation of experience into words.”

Shanti Grumbine’s website
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