Illicit Celebration I

26.00"W x 13.00"H x 1.0"D

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Melanie Kehoss


Medium: Collage

Subject Tags: political, graphic, paper, cut, islam, valentine, symmetrical, holiday, doily, heart, calligraphy, text, red

Media: rice paper, gouache, hand-cut paper on paper

Size: 26"W x 13"H x 1"D

Year Created: 2013

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This paper-cut piece features a translation of an official statement against the celebration of Valentine's Day (from the Islamic Republic of Iran). Cut paper calligraphy and the patterned border simultaneously refer to Islamic art and Victorian Valentines. Islamic governments have taken varying degrees of action against people who observe Valentine's Day as it grows in popularity.

See Illicit Celebration II, its companion piece. Presented in high quality MDF frame with brushed gold finish.

I earned a BA in art at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, and an MFA from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007. For two years I taught foundations art at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI, while working on public art in Madison and Milwaukee. I moved to Irvine, CA in 2010, where I worked as a full time artist and member of Orange County Center for Contemporary Art. I currently live in the DC area and teach at Arlington Arts Center and US Arts Center. I am VP of Membership for the Guild of American Papercutters and founder of Greater Westover Studio Tour. My work has appeared in over ninety solo and group exhibits throughout the country.

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