The paper cutting - my daily companion
Besides house-garden-dog and family the paper cutting became my daily companion. For me, these are nice, relaxing moments when I can sit (if possible) in the garden and cut my ideas, thoughts and feelings into paper. I couldn't imagine my life without being creative.
(Text by Martin Jakob/Brugg)
The scissors, dear reader, you rather not have in your head.
Better you have it in your hand.
And even better you know what to do with it.
The tailor cuts cloth with it.
The butcher cuts the saussage.
The hairdresser cuts the hair.
The gardener cuts the hedges.
And what does Elisabeth Bottesi cut?
She cuts paper. But that's not difficult!
Paper, dear reader, we all have enough.
On paper we print the news that we read every day.
On paper we receive special offers.
Bills, greetings from holidays and best wishes.
With paper we clean windows, we light a fireplace, we stuff parcels.
And what does Elisabeth Bottesi do with paper?
She cuts it. But that's not difficult!
But it is art.
But the art doesn't lie in the scissors, nor in the paper -
it lies in the will to create something own and in the
knowledge to realise this will.
Paper cutting is a folkloristic art,
because it needs so little to do it:
Scissors and a bit of paper, that's enough.
No, stop: some things are missing!
It needs time, patience and love for it.
In Switzerland there's a clear epicentre of the paper cutting
movement: the Saananeland in the Canton of Bern.
The first great masters of this subject are from this area:
Johann Jakob Hauswirth, Louis Saugy and Christian Schwizgebel.
And that's where Elisabeth Bottesi-Fischer is from too.
When she was 13 years old she lay in bed ill and had time
to watch the paper cutting that hung on the wall in her room.
Elisabeth Bottesi-Fischer became well again.
But the love for paper cutting remained. She was fortunate
to learn the basics of this handicraft from the paper cutter
Christian Schwizgebel. And she had the gift to make something
out of it: paper cuttings Bottesi style.
Since 1981 Elisabeth Bottesi exposes her master pieces regularly.
Since then, a group of experts established who decorate their houses
with one - or several - Bottesis and who watch with constant
interest the artist's path.
This path is marked by two things: the faithfulness to the
classic themes and the pleasure of experimenting
with the cutting techniques.
The classic themes are animals, flowers, children, country scenes.
And there's mainly and repeatedly the tree.
The tree which we heard of in the 80-ies will die in masses.
The tree which we now hear - despite scientific
forecasts - will continue to grow lively and proof strength of life.
The tree is stronger than mankind and stronger than civilisation.