Lorraine Bubar

“With precision, detail, and a kaleidoscope of color, my artwork calls to mind stained glass, Japanese wood block prints, and Indian miniatures, all created from the layering of cut paper and the layering of imagery and meaning.”

About Lorraine

Lorraine Bubar is a native of Los Angeles, received a BA from UCLA and studied animation at Yale. Bubar worked in the animation industry, on television commercials and feature films. At that time, she exhibited her watercolors in numerous exhibitions. She illustrated a calendar published by LACMA and a children’s book, Lullaby, by Debbie Friedman, in her watercolor technique. She taught animation at Santa Monica College and studio arts to middle and high school students. Her love of hiking and beautiful places has lead her to artist residencies at Denali, Zion, Petrified Forest, and Lassen National Parks. Lorraine Bubar’s papercuts reflect the heritage of papercutting found in so many different cultures and capture the diverse ecosystems where she has traveled.

“My interest in papercutting developed out of a love of traveling the world, hiking in its mountains, and a desire to honor its diverse cultures through an art form that crosses the boundaries of culture, art, and craft. I became interested in papercutting when I realized that so many cultures around the world, ranging from Eastern Europe and China to Mexico, utilize papercutting. As a world traveler, I have always been fascinated with what art forms or “folk art” the local people create. Papercuts have been created as calendars, to mark births and deaths such as for Day of the Dead, and to decorate for holidays. They are created by people working with the simplest of materials and tools. My papercutting connects me to this extensive cultural heritage, as well as utilizing colored papers created in Asian countries where I have traveled.

My recent papercuts illustrate the instability of the world’s natural environments and the instability of home for people and animals. I have celebrated the beauty of the planet’s ecosystems from tropical landscapes with butterflies to Antarctic landscapes with penguins. Current scenes include the chaos of the modern world as freeway interchanges and construction transforms Los Angeles and tent cities and overdevelopment fill empty spaces. These intricate laceworks of layered papers illustrate both the fragility and strength of the paper medium, as well as the fragility and strength of these environments.”

– Lorraine Bubar


On display for one week beginning 5.14.21
Helms Design Center at 8745 Washington Boulevard 

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