May 12 - Chinese artist Wang Jiang makes portraits of famous faces including U.S. President Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden from nothing but paper torn by hand. Kilmeny Duchardt reports.
No brushes. No paint. No scissors. Using nothing but a piece of paper and his hands, Chinese artist Wang Jiang molds these famous portraits. The 25-year-old craftsman started studying paper-tearing art seven years ago and to date has created over 1,000 works. His portraits often take a page out of history. (SOUNDBITE) Wang Jiang, paper-tearing artist, saying (Mandarin): "I like to create portraits of famous people and the dancing human form. Also I follow hot issues and political news closely, for example, now Barack Obama and bin Laden are receiving a lot of public attention, so I am trying to do their portraits." His other works include celebrities like Michael Jackson and David Beckham. It usually takes Wang ten to 15 minutes to finish one piece. (SOUNDBITE) Wang Jiang, paper-tearing artist, saying (Mandarin): "All my artistic works are imprinted with my signature style and way of thinking. It's not only a way to make a living, but also a way to communicate with others. They express what I want to say." Paper-tearing is a traditional art form that has been practiced in China for over 2,000 years. Kilmeny Duchardt, Reuters.