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‘Behind The Mask’ by Valentine Louafi Paper-cut artwork


‘Behind The Mask’ by Valentine Louafi is a superb example of her wonderful paper-cut artwork.

Her favourite subject is by far portraits. She is inspired by people. Mostly by indigenous cultures from around the globe practicing body art and body modifications, as a ritual, aesthetic or societal purpose. The initial idea was driven by a will to highlight and magnify the diversity of the comprehension of what we call beauty.
Valentine considers it her way of doing her part for the preservation of ancient cultural practices.
Her art is a out of time space where bridges between ancient and new cultures are created, protecting and giving thanks to ancestral knowledges.

53cm x 53cm including white frame.

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Valentine decided to truly commit to her passion for arts after working as a graphic designer in a company for several years. Being an employee was not satisfying. She felt she needed to take risks to get the life she wished for. Driven by a thirst of freedom and unlimited creativity, she first became a freelance graphic designer, working from home. It has been life changing, giving room to reconnect to her buried artistic soul.
This shift changed forever how she would see the world and how she wanted her life to be.
Reconnected to her ART, HEART and LIFE in general, and after a first exhibition in London in 2016, she decided to fully dedicated her life to where she belongs, and started making a living being a full time artist.
She made paper-cutting her main artistic expression. An ode to minimalism that requires steadiness, patience and an ounce of perfectionism, as “painting” with a blade doesn’t give room to any mistakes.
Her paper-cuttings offer a surgical precision combined with intricate and stunningly expressive portraits.
I always thought that creativity is powered by constraints. With such limited tools at disposal, blades and paper-sheets, you need to be more creative. This pushes me to develop my techniques on a constant basis
Defined as a paper lace-maker, Valentine Louafi made paper-cutting her speciality.