8" x 10", plus an additional 1/2" white border (9" x 11")
Archival Matte Paper
"Part of my, "Alaska Problems series," this piece is inspired by subsistence salmon fishing in a nearby lagoon. Low angle light through the clouds of gnats around my friends' heads made me think of painted icons."
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.