Kako Ueda’s Detailed Paper Cut Artworks

by Roxanne GoldbergPosted on

Japanese paper artist Kako Ueda creates winding, detailed artworks that hide explosive images within their painstakingly intricate patterns. At first glance, One-Horn, Two-Horn (above) appears to be an aesthetically pleasing interplay of contrasting colors. While this is true, upon closer examination, two figures emerge. A red and orange face embodying the warmth and energy of the sun is depicted with gills, elf ears, the wild hair of a satyr and a candy cane-spiraled unicorn’s horn. A delicate, pink, lace-like substance spouts from the character’s circular mouth, and eyeballs project and snake out of their sockets, invasively aiming for the opposing black character.

Two jagged horns rise from his mop of hair and instead of gills. The head appears to emerge from the depths of a dark and dangerous whirlpool. A lizard perches atop the upper red eye tube and around the lower, a neon green snake winds itself comfortably. The roots and leaves of blooming flowers are loosely wrapped around the criss-crossing elements and in this extraordinary act of energy and violence, one sees nothing but birth and life.

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