Insanely detailed hand-cut illustrations on rice paper

Bovey Lee—an artist based in Pittsburgh—has the skills and the endless patience to make these amazingly detailed illustrations. She hand cuts each one on a single sheet of Chinese xuan (rice) paper using a wide array of cutting instruments. The resulting pieces are delicate and mesmerizing.

Insanely detailed hand-cut illustrations on rice paper

Insanely detailed hand-cut illustrations on rice paper

Insanely detailed hand-cut illustrations on rice paper

Insanely detailed hand-cut illustrations on rice paper

Insanely detailed hand-cut illustrations on rice paper

Insanely detailed hand-cut illustrations on rice paper

My narrative-based cut paper explores the tension between man and the environment in the context of power, sacrifice, and survival. These three "motivators," as I call them, drive all our desires and behaviors toward one another and the environment. We live in a time when we overdo everything from technology to urbanization to consumption. My recent work is informed by our precarious relationship with nature in the twenty-first century, i.e., what we do to the environment with our super machines and technologies and what nature does back to us in reaction.

You can follow her work on her site or on Facebook.


This is part of a series in which we are featuring really cool 2D or 3D illustrations and animations. If you are an illustrator or animator with high quality work, please drop me a line here.


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