All cut up – artist puts scissors to good use

CREATIVE Arturo Casciaro
CREATIVE Arturo Casciaro

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GIANT drawings are being cut up into 250 pieces as part of a unique exhibition in Havant.

Arturo Casciaro, an artist from Clanfield, has been cutting up his 30ft by 5ft artwork to smaller sections during an exhibition at The Spring in East Street.

The project is aimed at making original art affordable by cutting up two giant drawings, which would not fit into most homes, and making hundreds of books from the pieces.

Mr Casciaro, who is originally from Gibraltar, said: ‘It’s like breaking myself into little pieces and handing them over to another person.

‘I wanted to share my work with as many people as possible.

‘Everyone has an opinion about art.

‘I wanted to have an opportunity to talk about art and, hopefully, take away some of the mystery.’

Mr Casciaro gave up a successful career in business to become an artist.

He said: ‘I enjoyed my career but I needed to do something different. I have always loved art.

‘So I thought this would give me a new way of looking at myself and what was around me.

‘This current work is about converting something that is valuable and precious and reusing, then sharing it with others.

‘The drawings are like trees which are being reduced to leaves.

‘I am taking something that only few people could own and making it affordable.’

The exhibition runs until Monday, April 23 when there will be a celebration and auction of the books.

The event runs from 7.30pm to 9pm.