Swiss artist Mathias Schmied uses a razor blade, careful hands and keen eyes to transform comic books into even more dynamic works of art. Superheroes and explosions alike breach the boundaries of their respective pages. He creates pieces using single pages and entire issues, the latter producing multi-layered scenes with a cinematic sense of perspective. Sometimes Mathias completely removes the characters, leaving their negative space to convey the drama taking place within each panel.
"I’m a paradox. I want to be happy, but I think of things that make me sad. I’m lazy, yet I’m ambitious. I don’t like myself, but I also love who I am. I say I don’t care, but I really do. I crave attention, but reject it when it comes my way. I’m a conflicted contradiction. If I can’t figure myself out, there’s no way anyone else has."
Death as enemy (1847). The plague making its first appearance at a masquerade at Paris in 1831.
A. Rethel, from Alfred Rethel; des Meisters Werke (Alfred Rethel, the master works), by Josef Ponten, Stuttgard & Leipzig, 1911.