Our next artist I have upon a couple of occasions had the pleasure to see his work in person and I have to say that these pictures don’t do his work justice. From far away each picture feels to be exactly what it is depicted from, a photograph. Upon moving closer you realize that it IS paper and then the shock and awe ensues.
Thomas Witte, a Brooklyn based paper artist, captures the everyday world we see through the lens of a camera and transforms them into large scale photographs made from cut out pieces of paper.
Tell us a little about your background – what path led you to what you’re doing now?
I grew up at the Jersey shore and have always had an interest in art. My Dad is a photographer and my mom is a teacher and very crafty. I have Aunts and Uncles as well as a brother and sister who are all artists, so it never seemed like a strange goal. I think my art making has taken a very natural course, I can see a little piece of each body of work in the one that came before it.
How would you describe your creative process?
I’m always searching for paper cuts in the world around me and in the photographs I have inherited. My taste in imagery is always evolving so I am constantly exploring. Cutting realistic images out of paper has changed the way I look at the world.
What is the greatest invention ever made?
I get pretty terrible headaches so I would say Advil is a pretty great invention.
What have been some favorite recent projects/clients/collaborations?
I have been in my last 3 group exhibitions with fellow paper artist Danielle Durchslag. Danielle is an incredibly talented paper artist and we feel as though we were separated at art birth. I am very excited about work I currently have hanging in the Brooklyn Public Library on Grand Army Plaza. I am part of a group exhibition at Davidson Contemporary Gallery, on view for a few more days and I was recently invited to be part of a paper cut exhibition honoring the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Station planned for this summer. Moving forward I will be represented by Davidson Contemporary Gallery located on 5th ave and 57th street. They represent a wonderful group of incredibly talented artists and I am very proud to be working with them.
If had a time machine, what era would you choose and why?
I do a lot of work inspired by photographs my Grandfather took in the 60’s and 70’s. I would love to go back in time and be on his trip to Spain, Portugal and Africa. I love the fashion and style from that era and would love to capture it in person.
What did you wanna be when you grow up, and are you surprised where you are now?
I don’t know that I had any plan for what I wanted to be. I am not surprised to be where I am now because I have never doubted that a career in art was possible. Through the years and many jobs, making art is the only thing that I want to do every day.
What is a source of inspiration that is not art/design related?
I am constantly inspired by my kids, they are the reason I do this full time. I decided when my daughter was born that I wanted her to know me loving what I do for a living, she now thinks all dad’s go to their studios.
What would be your dream creative project?
I am currently working on a collaborative show with my brother and my sister will have a part in the process as well, which has always been a dream of mine. I just love working so my big dream is to keep doing this for as long as my hands hold out.
What can we expect from your future works?
I think I will be working on a larger scale in future projects and hopefully traveling more. I find that anytime go to a foreign city I come back with some of my best ideas for new work.
Is there anything else you would like to share with our viewers?
Yes, If you like my work please comment or share it. Thank you for taking the time to read about me and my work.