38 – Dylan Metrano


Dylan Metrano, Papercutting
www.dylanmetrano.com @dylanmetrano (Instagram) facebook.com/papercutting

Theme: Messy
Mounting Method: Wire

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What ideas / questions / reflections / challenges might be arising as you work with your theme (theme) – How are you working with the meaning of your word? Where are you drawing inspiration from?

I was given the theme MESSY, and I was really having trouble getting started. My artwork is very clean and precise, and I’m just not a messy person in general. After delaying the start of my art-making for some time, I finally began today. I started by quickly drawing (scribbling, really) a random design on the back of some black paper. I then cut away with an X-Acto knife everything that was not the lines I drew, leaving me with black paper in the shape of the scribble. Then I carefully (not messily!) layered colored paper behind each “cell” created in the first part of the process, resulting in something like an abstract stained-glass design.

How were you introduced to art? Was it someone, a class, a culture, family, friends, etc.?\

Art was always around, and the walls of my homes growing up were covered in art. I always liked dabbling in different media, but it was in my twenties that I first tried my hand at papercutting, inspired by a couple artists I admired. I did it sporadically for years, and started spending more time on it in my thirties. Around 2009, I had my first exhibition.

What role does art play in your life today? How has art made you feel these past few months / year / during the pandemic?

I make art for fun. I also do commissioned work. I make lots of posters for events, as well as album covers and book work. I am an art collector, and I am a big fan of so, so many artists. Creating art / papercutting is very meditative for me, and it’s been a real balm in this time.