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INSPIRATION & ENERGY | 精神食粮


images of people, natural scenery, animals, and symbols. But artist Leah Wong utilizes a new kind of artistic expression to create paper cutting works, transforming “art on paper” into tridimensional installations, by using one piece or many pieces of paper with different colors and qualities. Leah was born and grew up in the northern


China city of Qingdao. She was always fascinat- ed by images from when she was young, from beautiful-designed and colorful candy wrap- pers, to paper-cuts and comic books. She also tried to make her own paper-cuts and copy from the images she liked the best. Over time, her love for beautiful images


resulted in her participating in an after-school art club and attending a night-school art class when she went to middle school. Years later, she got a job painting billboard advertise- ments for movie theaters which gave her have a chance to get to know many wonderful art teachers and join an excellent young artists’ group. Through the club, she was introduced to many art books and participated in many discussions about art, which gave birth to her dream of studying art in college. With the guidance of art teachers and hard work, Leah passed the national exam in Beijing in 1981 and was accepted into the Zhejiang Fine Arts Academy, today’s China Academy of Art. After graduating in 1985, Leah worked at


the Shanghai Theater Academy as a teacher, where she met her future husband. In 1993, she decided to go to America with her husband, which became a turning point in her life. She did not speak English and had no clear idea about life and work, and she experienced a period of confusion when she first arrived in America. But she overcame difficulties and found a way to survive. She earned an MFA degree in art from Ohio University in 2004. Born and raised in Qingdao, educated in Hangzhou, having worked in Shanghai and


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The World of Paper Art I


Paper cutting is like drawing with a knife, and setting up an installation is like composing a painting in an open space


n China, there is a type of traditional art, named after paper cutting, which is uses scissors and paper to create various artistic works, including propitious Chinese characters, and


Perception


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