Charles Clary’s Nostalgic Paper Cut Sculptures

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Charles Clary’s Nostalgic Paper Cut Sculptures

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Charles Clary turns his childhood nostalgia into striking works of art in a series of sculptures constructed from intricately cut layers of colored paper.

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The enigmatic interventions that Clary makes to these piece of pop culture packaging illustrate his ambivalent feelings towards them as a form of escapism from the difficulties of his real life.

Childhood is a time of play and innocence for most, playing games, getting lost in the fiction and drama of movies. But for some, these games and movies become an escapism, a place to reside for just a few precious moments, to escape the trauma of real life. After losing both of my parents I began to explore the things I used to escape abuse, divorce, and addictions.

You can see the meticulous process of creating these fascinating paper cut works in this video by Darby Campbell.

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Although Clary has already created a staggering amount of work for this series, he plans to continue making them until he can recreate an entire VHS rental store displaying over 600 of his VHS sculptures.

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Perhaps the most interesting thing about this series is how Clary is still using these artifacts from his childhood as a poetic form of escapism.

[via Lusik]

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