Each month we will be selecting one of your talented members to give you further insight into their work and life as a paper artist. Our first feature is dedicated to JV Calanoc. JV is one of our original members and had his own distinct approach to working with paper.
Full name: Juan Viktor A. Calanoc "JV Calanoc"
"My approach is actually very technical, since I have to dissect a 2D image and figure out how to translate it into 3D in my head. This process can give me a headache but I am always relieved seeing the finished artwork. "
Where do you make your paper Art?
I always work in my room. I've tried working on my art in different spaces but I cannot seem to have the same efficiency. I need to work under a strong light source to make sure my cuts are clean and precise.
How long have you been working with paper?
I have been working with paper since my second year in university. I was part of an artistic and literary student organization and my peers were really talented in various art mediums. I wanted to find something that no one else was doing and started to experiment with carving books. I enjoyed it so much that I started to experiment with stacks of paper, which eventually led to my current style of paper art.
How would you describe your approach to paper art?
I would further categorize my paper art as paper sculpture. I usually describe it to people as sculpting a relief image by cutting each sheet of paper, one by one, and layer it on top of each other. My approach is actually very technical, since I have to dissect a 2D image and figure out how to translate it into 3D in my head. This process can give me a headache but I am always relieved seeing the finished artwork.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in almost anything! I love nature and man-made structures but want to try and explore more abstract and concept-driven pieces. I really love the Japanese aesthetic and it is something that is very much reflected in my works.
Describe your work to us in 3 words?
Minimalist, Intricate, Elegant
What are your favourite papers to work with?
For my works I use Conqueror Smooth Wove 220 gsm. I enjoy using this brand because it is acid-free, which preserves the integrity of the artwork for years to come. I haven't tried anything else but would love any suggestions!
What tools could you not live without?
My essential tools are a craft knife (NT Cutter or Excel), mechanical pencil, and bone folder. The tool I cannot live without is my Martha Stewart bone folder. I use it to flatten any creases that appear after I cut the paper, which makes it look pristine. It makes all the difference!
What is the best thing about working with paper as a medium?
I love paper because of its endless possibilities. Being a part of PAC is a testament to that. There are so many amazing artists in our group and we all have our own style and approach to art with the same medium. One a more personal note, paper is not as expensive as other mediums and it is easier to clean up afterwards.
Who are your favourite paper artists?
Jeff Nishinaka, Patrick Cabral, and Cristian Marianciuc are some of my favorite paper artists.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am currently conceptualizing a series of artworks with color. I am really scared and excited since I don't work with color all that much. Hopefully it turns out okay, haha!