Catherine Winkler Rayroud is an award-winning artist who for the past 35 years has been practicing the aged art of paper cutting (Scherenschnitt), which was imbued in her while she grew up in her native country of Switzerland.
Catherine uses a tiny pair of curved nail scissors to produce intricate and detailed paper cuttings that are the expression of a searching soul finding endless inspiration in the world around her. Despite the time-consuming aspect of her art (she can work up to six months on a single piece), Catherine doesn’t seem to be restricted by the technical challenges of this unusual mode of expression. Each piece is meticulously created out of a single sheet of paper to convey a message often underlined by a subtle and witty sense of humor. Catherine’s paper cuttings will not leave many viewers indifferent, as her themes are wide-ranging and often address contemporary issues.
Trained as a ceramicist, Catherine divided her time between her clay studio and her paper cuttings until 2003, when she sustained a severe back injury from a horse-riding accident. Since then, she has been working mainly as a paper cutter.
For more than 30 years, Catherine’s work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, and Korea and has been published in several books, magazines, and newspapers. Her art can be found in private collections around the world.
In 2000, she moved to Texas (USA) with her husband, where she lives and works surrounded by their horses, dog, and cats (and husband, of course!)
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