Kirie (切り絵, literally ‘cut picture’) is the Japanese art of paper-cutting. Despite the fact that it is found in many different cultures worldwide, the Japanese version is purportedly based on religious ceremonies beginning around 700 AD. Kirie artist Masayo Fukuda has created a stunning, remarkably realistic octopus that she delicately cut and textured from a single sheet of paper.
In its most traditional form, the negative space is cut from a single piece of paper and then contrasted with a dark background to reveal a rendering. Fukuda has been practicing this art for 25 years and just lately revealed her finest masterpiece of 2018.
Even though intricate piece appears to be a number of layers, Masayo Fukuda has remained devoted to tradition, making use of just a single sheet of paper to present her detailed rendering of an octopus. The quality of fine detail is so remarkable that the work sometimes even looks like a drawing with a fine tip pen. The elaborate depiction details the majestic sea animal’s rounded body, bulging eyes, and 8 long arms. Various textured sections look like pieces of delicate patterned lace. From its eyes to many tentacles and even its veins, the artwork took two months to complete.
Showcasing her portfolio of work along with fellow kirie artist Jun, they are both exhibiting at Miraie Gallery in Osaka, Japan from April 24-30, 2019. If you can’t make it to Japan, you can check out more of the artist’s impressive creations on Instagram.