Ilse Nieman is a Cape Town Based artist specialising in intricately hand cut paper works . I started cutting paper in 2015. At first I was an oil painter, but I became bored with it and took a break. During this break I folded origami, mainly because the beautiful paper attracted me, but soon I saw paper cutting online and was intrigued by the patterns and intricacy. I tried it and it stuck. I became part of the Paper Artist Collective in 2016, an online group of paper artists from all over the world. This body of work explores the contemporary state of Cape Town, cut out in black and white paper, during 2019/2020. Modern daily life juxtaposed with majestic colonial buildings of a bygone era, provide a stark contrast. Conceptually cutting these images from paper represent a state of fragility, mirrored by our daily existence (which we realised with absolute certainty during 2020). Not only our mortal life, but our lifestyles, our psychological state of mind. Paper tears easily as it often does while I cut. The thin bits of paper barely hold it together, it can easily be broken, and the entire picture will fall apart. As each decade and century comes and goes all that remains are these structures build centuries ago. They too, will disappear in time, as will all civilization. My work presents a fleeting glance in time.