Kanako Abe is a Kiri-e artist based in San Francisco, California, originally from Sendai, Japan. Kiri-e means the art of paper-cutting in Japanese. Kanako’s paper-cut art is entirely hand cut from a single sheet of paper with a precision knife, and it requires a lot of concentration and many hours to create.
For Kanako, creating Kiri-e art is a way of meditating on everyday thoughts, emotions and interconnectivity of the nature and universe. Through her delicate visual poetry, she tries to tell stories about beauty found in fragility and transience and explore the correlation between vulnerability and strength.