May Days

36.00"W x 11.00"H x 0.3"D

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Melanie Kehoss


Medium: Painting

Subject Tags: craft, graphic, nature, paper, spring, blossom, flower, religion, calligraphy, celebration, holiday, world, map

Media: gouache, hand-cut paper

Size: 36"W x 11"H x 0.3"D

Year Created: 2013

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This layered paper-cut was first shown in an exhibition about celebrations. Because the show opened in May, I decided to create a piece that features May holidays. The top layer lists nearly all of the official holidays celebrated in that month throughout the world. The bigger the text, the more wide-spread its celebration, and each is pictured with a flower associated with the day. The background layer is a world map, showing by color which holidays are celebrated in which countries. The gores of the world map resemble the arches of a Gothic cathedral, calling attention to the abundance of official Christian holy days shown here.

Some surprising facts surfaced in the research of this piece, for instance, the only country that shares the US holidays is tiny Georgia. Also, the US is not among the multitude of nations that celebrate Labour Day on May 1. We call it May Day (thus the title), and it is not an official holiday.

Presented in high quality MDF frame with brushed gold finish. Currently on display at the National Museum of Papercutting, and will be available in May, 2017.

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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