The Cut: refiguring traditional Chinese paper-cutting
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This research investigates the possibilities of refiguring the traditional art form of Chinese paper-cutting through the concept of kitsch in a contemporary setting. This project aims to expand the creative scope of Chinese paper-cutting by using contemporary design methods and subject matter, suggesting that the craft should not be limited to its traditional material, hand-cut methods, and motifs. The Western concept of kitsch is employed as a guiding principle underpinning the contemporary aesthetics and significance of Chinese paper-cutting. The project also deploys modern popular goods as the research content to address the current ideology of consumption. Using personal examples, I comment on the social phenomenon of excessive consumption of goods in modern everyday life.