Yuken Teruya cuts trees out of paper bags and cardboard tubes, creating forests of delicate branches and the shadows they cast. Initially the trees were cut out of carrier bags turned on their sides. The paper cuts were made from the top and the resulting tree was popped out to form a diorama framed by its own shadowbox, the bag itself. These bags span the range from high-end designer shopping bags to the ubiquitous Macdonald’s takeout bags and the cardboard tubes can easily be identified as humble toilet paper rolls. But the work itself is extremely precise, with the artist basing the cuts on photographs of actual trees.
Artist: Yuken Teruya