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Morgana Wallace's paper art may make you revert to childhood

The paper artist and children's book illustrator wants people to "remember the magic in life."

The paper artist and children's book illustrator wants people to 'remember the magic in life'

Morgana Wallace’s paper art may make you revert to childhood

4 years ago
Duration 5:46
Featured Video"I hope that my work reminds people to remember the magic in life."

This video is part of our new series Paper Cuts, in which you get to be hypnotized by artists doing incredible things with paper, scissors, glue sticks and X-Acto knives.

Morgana Wallace's collages look like they're about to start moving. At least, they do for me. When we were looking for artists to cover for Paper Cuts, I couldn't help but keep circling back to her images that are often awhirl with wind that blows trees, stokes fires and propels currents — or cloaks. And Wallace says the results can be unexpected.

"I never really plan anything," she says. "It just kind of happens. Just seeing the possibilities with paper is something I never experience with drawing or painting alone. I think people respond to it because it's pretty unique. Everything kind of looks unusual."

When creating these pieces I'm not really thinking about any story behind it —it just kind of comes out. It's subconscious, I suppose. I kind of just shut off and go into a trance.- Morgana Wallace

In this video created by filmmaker Kelly Conlin, Wallace lets you in on not only her process but the journey her work takes her on. She says, "As a person with social anxiety, it's definitely been an escape for me to do artwork. It's very cathartic. And since I don't travel a lot, it's a way to explore or to go somewhere else, even if it's made out of paper." And she'll also tell you why making her collages keeps her connected to her childhood, her memories of it and its magic.

Follow Morgana Wallace here. And stay tuned for more Paper Cuts artists to come!


Lise Hosein is a producer at CBC Arts. Before that, she was an arts reporter at JazzFM 91, an interview producer at George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight and a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. When she's not at her CBC Arts desk she's sometimes an art history instructor and is always quite terrified of bees.