LIFE-SIZED | an exhibition of paper cutouts by Risa Fukui

20130814171432_originalphotos courtesy keniichi shioda | click to enlarge

Another show I attended while in Tokyo was LIFE-SIZED, an exhibition of large-scale paper cutouts (kirie) by Risa Fukui. The 38-year old artist presented 10 new works that, while hard to believe, were created by simply cutting lines into the paper to create negative space.

For LIFE-SIZED, Fukui created her works on hanging translucent panels. Each cutout is double-sided and viewable from the front (in white) or from the back (in color). The intricate details are hard to ignore but what was especially beautiful was the cast shadow on the floor from each cutout.

Fukui’s show is on display at the Pola Museum Annex until September 8, 2013. (all photos by keniichi shioda)










  1. Love the many aspects for viewing these intricate works. Looks like a great show.

  2. Wow! This looks so interesting. I love paper cutting so I will try to make it to this exhibition before its over.

  3. I saw Ms Fukui on NHK program, Design Talk. Very interesting concepts about Japanese perceptions about cutting, as with the sword or scissors, or even cutting food! Wish I could see her at work.

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