When I started doing the cuttings, bodies were the focus of the work because of the natural shadows and highlights that the gradient layers almost delighted in showing off. The earliest cuttings are models against stark black backgrounds. As the pieces got more detailed, the "noise" of the background began to interest me more and more. This is my first exercise in representing something borderline non-objective.
The little black spot on the "sun" in the image above is actually a hole, cut in the deepest (and lightest) layer. This is the first time I've made any cut in the bottom layer. It felt more appropriate than creating a true black spot which would have resulted in a "tower" of cut pieces building up to the black layer on top.
The original image was licensed from a stock photography website.