About the Artist
The art of silhouette paper cutting found me in my early twenties. In 1973 I had a degree from Tulane University in printmaking but no access to a press. I came across a small book in the public library on German silhouettes. I decided to try my hand at one and was instantly hooked. Keeping everything connected and ending up with a single sheet of paper lace was an intriguing puzzle. I began experimenting with imagery from woodland scenes and mythology to twentieth century vignettes and sold them out of the house as fast as I could make them. At my most prolific, I made eight a month at night while my daughters were sleeping.
Incorporating three dimensions into a traditionally two-dimensional silhouette was my contribution to the art form where traditionally all the imagery lay next to each other. This was accomplished using patterns on fabrics and overlaying objects with the patterns. I initially used this technique to add volume to the figures and then further adapted it to add perspective to the silhouette. That opened up further to create three-dimensional scenes by adding windows with imagery inside and outside and layering multiple objects within a single silhouette.
I graduated to commercial work in the 1980’s with agents in New York and Atlanta. I designed advertisements, logos, album and book covers for local, regional and national art directors including IBM, CBS, RCA, Random House, Polygram, Exxon, Cosmopolitan, Renaissance Greeting Cards, American Heritage Magazine, and The United States Post Office among numerous other agencies. I received several National Design Award Nominations and a Diamond Award. I also developed a greeting card company of my work that supplied museums and stores nationwide.
My personal work during this time evolved into actual three dimensions with Japanese papers, embossing and pin pricking to create paper texture and visual interest. Only four pieces exist from that period: the fan coral, the handkerchief, the pillowcase and the napkin. The images were objects not scenes and the black and white contrast of the silhouette work gave way to tonal white on white with subtle color.
After the white work, I took a small detour into the real world for twenty plus years. I became a gallery director, a director of alumni relations and an elementary art teacher. I have written three books: two adult children’s books and an elementary art instruction manual for kindergarten through fourth grades. I have continued the commercial work with my New York agency, Lindgren Smith, and my work can be seen on their website lindgrensmith.com.
Upon retirement from teaching, I moved to the California Bay Area for my next adventure. I continue to do personal and commercial work and anticipate starting an art/craft fair venture to sell original silhouettes, laser cut prints and greeting cards.