Cut Paper Art by Elsa Mora Enchants and Delights


Elsa Mora’s Cut Paper Art is both enchanting and delightful. Such detailed work – can you imagine the patience this takes? Not to mention, steady hands! Her story is one of inspiration. Born to a poor family of eight children in Cuba, she used her art to escape her destiny (and her childhood). She now lives in LA with her husband and children and creates these amazing 3-D works that are so delicate and detailed. With her Latin roots, it’s not surprising that we see the ghost of Frida Khalo in her work – there are splashes of pain amongst the beauty.


The artist often works in pure white – perhaps a symbol of the innocence of childhood, something she did not have much first-hand experience with. “The Hand” is an intricate piece of art, delicate and balanced.


“Girl Bird” is fanciful and whimsical – and exquisitely cut.


“Red and White” has an almost-Amish feel to it, until you notice the snake wrapped around her arm and the stake through her heart. Yet these pains are hidden, only evident when you look close. Such beauty and sorrow, combined.


“The Wound” starts into her Frida Khalo mood.


“Frida Kahlo Necklace” is indeed a 3-D paper necklace that can be worn. And it is Frida’s necklace from her Self Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird (1940).


“Missing Thoughts” is profound – but whose thoughts are they?


“El Corazon” is highly Khalo influenced.


“Nature” is a sweet piece – highly detailed and articulate. Is the subject blinded by nature?


“Fern Eyes” is a spectacular piece in red and white – with green fern eyes.


“A Forest in her Mind” takes us down the rabbit hole – such attention to detail and such attention to thought.
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Written by Beverley Wood

Beverley Wood has lived on boats in Toronto and Vancouver and in an old hacienda in Mexico. She knows funky when she sees it. She's been writing since she was old enough to pick up a pen and has never shied away from the unusual or the whimsical. Her love of the unique (and sometimes bizarre) led her to Captivatist.