Mariam Faried (1986) uses paper and a cutter to create highly intricate works, with needles, gold-leaf threads, silver strings and pins. She pierces, shreds, carves and slices meticulously the paper to create multi-layered embroidery, while playing with ink colours and textures.
Her tool arsenal evokes fire outburst, transparency and other elements for paper cutting to become an extension of painting. Paper is central to Mariam Faried, her mastered technique is driven to produce such elaborate confections from this humblest of material. She is inspired by contemporary paper cutting, Japanese Katagami stencils, Mexican Papel Picado and the medieval practice of excising illuminations from manuscripts.