Using only an X-Acto knife, artist Jo Chorny cuts intricate designs from blank sheets of paper. The bold images depict portraits of animals as well as nature scenes, with hand-carved shapes forming the textures of scales, fur, and feathers. In order to mimic these characteristics, Chorny must cut an incredible amount of small details from the paper, leaving little of it left behind.
To display her strikingly delicate silhouettes, Chorny holds her creations against the brilliant hues of the sky. The negative spaces in her cutouts are filled with gorgeous variations of blues, purples, and reds, demonstrating that Chorny doesn’t need to add her own colors to bring these images to life–nature does a fantastic job of it all on its own.