AS THE DAUGHTER of a silhouettist Taz Burns has been surrounded by the art all her life. She began cutting her own silhouettes in 2011, while studying in Falmouth for a degree in English Literature. For a short time she was to be found on sunny Saturdays selling silhouettes in Falmouth’s market square. Today she lives in Japan and is pursuing her interest in theatre and performance, with silhouette cutting an important and interesting part of her work.
Taz is the newest artist on the team and is an accomplished artist. She has turned silhouette cutting into something of a family tradition. Expect her to cut her silhouettes in about 2-3 minutes each. In 2014 she accompanied Charles to Houston to assist him during the world speed-cutting contest featured in the documentary “Silhouette Secrets“. Her experience as an actor (Taz has full Equity membership) informs all her work; Taz will present herself at your event in great style.
“As a performer, my biggest thrill in life is to be onstage and engage directly with individuals in an audience. And it is an engagement, there is no thrill in acting for an unresponsive audience. I find that cutting silhouettes has a similar thrill. For me, silhouette cutting is a performing art. It is as much watching the artist work as the end product which people seem to find fascinating. Being able to engage a group of people watching with the same intensity and to receive a response from them (especially when it’s a good one!) is what makes silhouette cutting an art I have grown to relish.”
Taz Burns, 2015
A set of new silhouettes by Taz Burns, cut from life in about 3-4 minutes each at a christmas party in the Science Museum.