Mayuko has no formal art training, but has been developing her skills in paper cut outs and making art since 1999.
Mayuko’s artwork mimics a stencil or a print but instead of blocks of ink she uses cut out pieces of coloured paper or photographs to piece together a striking, graphic image. What she pays attention to the most is the balance between the space occupied by the colourful image elements, and the white areas surrounding them. Getting the balance right, she ensures the outcome never looks cluttered or fuzzy to the viewer.
The style imputed to her images very much comes down to her selection of cut out shapes. Nature – including plants, flowers and birds – often comes to the fore and with their gentle curves her images have a decorative feel to them. She creates whimsical characters, and abstract or psychological stories that take place in imaginary worlds.
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