Intricate Cut Paper Portraits Tell Curious Stories

Cut paper portrait with leaves as hair

Artist Monique van Uden creates intricate artworks by making meticulous slices with an X-Acto knife. As she cuts from single sheets of paper, things like twisting vines, lush florals, and grandiose scenes all emerge within silhouetted male and female figures. These fine inner details tell stories of their own, and with every composition, it’s as if we’re peering into the hearts and minds of van Uden’s subjects.

oozing love, red paper cutout two silhouettes cut out of paper
Male figure cut out of paper with houses in his silhouette hand showcasing the intricacies of cut paper fox paper cutout cut paper portrait with a detail shot
Images © Monique van Uden
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