Take a look at that. This wonderfully detailed piece comes to us from the amazing hands of Brooklyn, NY artist Kevin Stanton. Check out Kevin’s site for more beautifully crafted paper cuts and keep on reading for more about the artist in his own words.
Website: kevinjaystanton.com (which is under construction) & thegreatwindmill.carbonmade.com
I currently live in…Leesburg, Virginia and am in the process of moving back to Brooklyn in a month or two.
I consider my hometown to be…DC, but I’m a military brat so I’ve lived in lots of different places for short amounts of time.
My favorite Pixar Movie is:
Wall-E, but would also have to include Monsters, Inc. and Up, as well as the short “Partly Cloudy”.
My favorite Pixar character is:
a toss-up between Wall-E or Doug. Russell too.
Tell us about your piece:
My piece is a sort of deification of Wall-E, and a reconstruction of most of his body into more natural substances. I wanted him to be made up of something more than just wood though, so I added ox-eye daisies and anemones to his body. And elevated his cockroach (which is ridiculously adorable and I wish that cockroaches in the city would take a page from that one, or just leave me alone, either one) to the same status of the butterflies that are following. It was a great opportunity to play around with lots of different patterns, especially because I love the idea of combining the organic with the inorganic.
Who/What Inspires you?
Saying everything is a cop-out, but it’s true. I drown myself in an onslaught of images from all spectrums of style and medium, and obsessively research anything and everything that interests me. For example in this piece, I went through lists and lists of information and photos to find the butterflies I most wanted to use (Papilio polymnestor), but still have more than 10 tabs open on my laptop of the butterflies that didn’t make the cut. I try and be open to everything I can be, and always delve as deep as possible into every project.
Recommend something to our readers:
Well, the most recent thing that I really want is a pair of books by a fantastic couple of illustrators (in the sense that they’re actually married): Jillian Tamaki’s Irish Myths and Legends (I crave all things mythological, and these illustrations are exquisite) and Sam Weber’s Farenheit 451 (which I think was just published and looks so moody and lavish). If I’d finished this survey a week ago though, I probably would have said The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. It has absolutely amazing and inspiring graphics.
I’m working on a long-term project with Barnes and Noble doing a series of illustrated and laser-cut Shakespeare plays. The first two, Romeo & Juliet and Macbeth, are available for pre-order on barnesandnoble.com! They come out May 1st, 2012 and will be followed in the Autumn by Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet!
Our sincere thanks to Kevin for sending us this wonderful piece.
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