How proud am I / by Melanie Ida Chopko

Odyssey of the Ear, Andrew Benincasa

Odyssey of the Ear, Andrew Benincasa

How proud am I today of my longtime friend, Andrew Benincasa, and his gorgeous works in papercut. A new film of his, visualizing the music by Darlingside, was just featured on NPR, which you can watch and read about below. 

I have such reverence and awe for this art, and the years over which it has bloomed. How I remember us walking around Brooklyn one fall, how he shared he'd start giving papercut a try with a shadow play of The Wizard of Earthsea. I remember his first sketches of figures on black paper in the winter, learning draw shoulders and hips, and years later our conversations over the breakfast table on Austin Kleon's book on Show Your Work. And, most of all, I love how his compositions grow ever more epic, ever more mythic and stunning. 

More at his new website, www.andrewbenincasa.com