"This piece was originally designed for a sign about the history of Seldovia. It was a fun piece to work on because it had me diving through my mom's old photo albums, looking at photos of my dad and his co-workers from when they were crabbing in the 80s and 90s."
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.