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Dark, Dramatic and Colorful Portraits of Quilled Paper by Yulia Brodskaya

For years Yulia Brodskaya has gravitated toward light backdrops for her densely quilled paper portraits. In recent months, though, the United Kingdom-based artist has started to utilize dark canvases, and has focused on thicker paper rolls and larger bends to create necessary contrast. Many of the vibrant portraits feature larger, three-dimensional swaths similar to brushstrokes, a nod to the artist’s method of “painting with paper,” that help to highlight distinct features. “I chose to leave plenty of empty dark space and blend in colored parts to gradually transition them into the black nothingness, so the background plays a crucial role in these new artworks,” she says.

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