Nikki McClure: Cutting Her Own Path

Explore how something as ordinary as paper transforms into an extraordinary story through intricate paper cuttings.

Exhibited from February 28th, 2014 - May 25th, 2014.

What can you make with an Exacto knife and black paper?

Nikki McClure transforms a simple piece of paper into an extraordinary graphic of daily life. Wander through McClure's intricate designs of every day's simple moments. Basking in the sun, swimming in a pond, or stargazing all come to life in her highly detailed and connected designs. Explore the striking depictions of otherwise missed moments through McClure's iconic paper cutting style.

Using only black paper and an Exacto knife, everything is connected in each work of art. Starting as just one simple piece of paper, McClure transforms it all into a story for you to enjoy.

McClure's papercutting technique was born and bred out of the Olympia, Washington independent music scene. There, local artists emphasized everything handmade and self-published. The idea was to do a lot with a little. The result was a rich community sharing artistry and ideas. McClure found herself deeply embedded in this community which focused on hands-on and accessible art.

Meet the Artist

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Nikki McClure

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In the News

“There are traditions throughout cultures of people using paper,” she says. “You don’t even need scissors; you can just tear it. It’s not oil painting, or marble — I don’t have to wear a fancy smock.

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"McClure illustrates values like self-sustenance, working the land and conservation, and aims to effect positive change within communities."

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