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A Bear Ate My Bicycle Print

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by Valisa Higman, of Seldovia, AK

  • 9" x 14", plus an additional 1/2" white border (15" x 11")
  • Archival Matte Paper

"Part of my, "Alaska Problems," series, this piece is inspired by all the non-food items that bears explore with their mouths. They seem especially attracted to chewy things, slightly flavored by salty sweat, so bike seats and snow machine or 4 wheeler seats are always vulnerable."

The cut-paper artwork all starts as a sheet of black paper. Carving away at the background using an Xacto knife, the images are revealed in an intricate lacework of lines. Using the black as Valisa's foreground, she fills the negative space by piecing together layers of paper in vibrant colors and textures. As a finishing touch, adding the last details and shading with watercolor. Valisa's work reflects her love of community, nature and all things nostalgic.

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