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Cutting Memory 2016
Thought Web was the final for my drawing course in 2016. After the semester I took some extra time perfecting the book.
Inside Cutting Memory 2016
Inside the book each page shows unique shadows and patterns.
This was the first paper cutting book I made.
Small book made while attempting new techniques for my paper cutting.
Wooden shoe made by cutting and gluing the shoe in layers. It is laced with wire and string.
Hanging steel sculpture made by a cutting touch and mig welding.
A Day of Disquietude
Acrilyc painting with printed images on paper and velum.
Laser cuts of fabric and paper.
Art is my way of surviving the not so sunny sides of the world.
I began doing arts and crafts like most people, but realized how soothing they were for my mind. After I began to delve into my artistic side more during my early teenage years, I noticed a slow decline in my depression and an increase in happiness. This to me was enough reason to continue artistic creation into my adulthood.
After attending college for a year and a half and realizing that the pre-medical field, though fit my personality, was not for me in the long haul. I made some adaptations to my schedule and attempted to find my “true destiny career”. But, I always came back to one thing that made me truly happy, ART. I graduated from University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Studio Arts.
I love being a part of the creation of new and inspiring things.
When someone asks me "who are you, who is Jaime Peer, and what does she do?", I always answer where I work, where I am from. But in reality. this question holds a lot of weight for me. Who am I you ask? I am me, a woman who still feels like a girl figuring out the world one day at a time. I go to my job, call my mom, talk with my friends about life and its day to day struggles, cry over boys and breakups and occasionally make some beautiful objects to share with the world. So the two constant truths I hold for myself and my identity are 1. I am a person: an overly emotional and complex being that exists in the world. 2. I am an artist: I am a person who sees the world in colors and odd connections. Someone who can imagine and draw something very easily in three dimenstions a person who answers a question with a picture or an object rather than an essay.
I hope to never stop growing as a person or an artist while continuing down my path of seeking happiness, creating and asking qeustions of the world.
Making art is my therapy
I have tried many types of therapy and meditation but nothing gets the job done quite like an empty canvas and an open mind. I love creating things. More than that, I love the process of creating things and sharing that process with others. Starting as mostly a painter, I loved the slow process of building up layers and layers of paint, until finally, the end product was reached. This layering of paint is still something I love doing when working on paintings today, but I have also applied this layering technique to other medias of work.
In my undergraduate courses I became extremely attached to sculpting as a medium. I began creating plaster and wire sculptures, but did not truly fine my love of sculpting until I started working with wood. "Geppetto" was my first true sculpture love. As my sculpting progressed, I began to notice the overall sense of relief (pun intended) when finishing a carving of marble or wood, a sense of control when finishing a cut with a cutting tourch through metal. As I felt things like relief, control, understanding, and pride, I relaized how much my daily life was actually missing these things. Art has created a more cmplete life for me, and continues to do so.
I have moved from my main media being sculpture to being more focused on paper arts. I started a paper cutting project for a mark making assignment durring undergrad and I have never felt more connection to my memories than when I was completing it. This project made me consider paper cutting as a main media which led me to more book arts based works.
I am hoping to continue working in book arts and contintually become a better version of myself while doing so.
Who Am I?
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