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Rural Pearl artist, Angie Pickman of Lawrence, KS 

Rural Pearl

Angie Pickman is a nationally-recognized cut paper artist, inspired by the early 20th century silhouette animation of Lotte Reiniger. After receiving her master's degree in 2004, Angie explored other avenues of creativity before picking up her x-acto knife once again.

"I knew that it was meant to be. I had always wanted to be “an artist” - I knew from a very young age that it was my life calling, but it took me a long time to figure out in which medium this would manifest itself. The traditional forms taught in school never quite felt right, but when I saw Lotte’s work, something clicked."

Angie's work involves simple, but intricate shapes. Each piece, with it's composition, color, and pattern, tells a story of metaphor and of life.

"My life philosophy revolves around achieving simplicity, winnowing away at all the things that are not needed so that the individual can be reduced to the rawest, purest being possible. I think at this level, one is more readily able to truly observe and take in the natural beauty that exists around us. Cutting paper is metaphorical for this - the cutting away of all that is unnecessary to reveal the subject in a simple, bold form."

Angie maintains her studio in the East Warehouse Arts District in Lawrence, KS, where her favorite tools are a rubber gripped x-acto knife, black paper, mechanical pencils, a self-healing cutting mat, and, of course, coffee. 


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