The characters in Argus Paul Estabrook’s work in paper cutting are the stuff nightmares are made of: unusual forms, jagged edges, arms outstretched as if seeking salvation—all emphasized further by the plain white background on which they are placed. Combined, these details paint a picture straight out of Dante Alighieri’s “Divine Comedy.”
But a little disturbing at first look the resulting cutouts might be, there’s still that strange pull that would entice you to have a closer, longer look. What’s more, Estabrook comes up with fascinating captions and titles for each image, which are so well thought of they could actually pass off as tiny stories themselves.
Estabrook creates his work using just an x-acto knife and pages from magazines and discarded library books. According to him, his interest in cutouts and collage was sparked after exploring the works of the likes of Hannah Hoech, John Heartfield, and the surrealist Max Ernst.
Argus Paul Estabrook is a visual artist and poet based in Seoul, South Korea. He’s also a Lomography community member who goes by the handle, @arguspaul. All information and images in this article were sourced from his website and used here with permission. Stay tuned for our interview with him!