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Cutting the Curve: paper cut head of statue against black background

Cutting the Curve

Crafting the Classical Body

January 18th - February 25th


Cut-paper artist Vanessa Stone explores the classical body – its S-curves and rippled muscles, its profiles and rear-views – in this exhibition of custom-made and unique artworks inspired by Greek and Roman sculptures in the Museum's Cast Gallery. 


There is something magical about these casts, something just so beautiful about the line of a shoulder, the curve of an arm and the subtle silhouette of a Greek head in profile.

My blade has almost been asking me to cut these lines - to capture them in the simplicity of cut paper.


The pieces in this exhibition are ones that Vanessa Stone has wanted make for many years, collages that translate these casts into layered paper collage. Vanessa uses a scalpel to draw into surface of a piece of paper, cutting away the negative space to bring out the dominant line or shape of the sculptures. She then layers from behind and cuts into those layers and so the process continues. She reduces the casts to abstracted forms, trying to capture the essence of their form and line, and the same sense of balance and sense of presence that the casts carry intrinsically.


Paper cut image of a girl's head, leaning down to put her lips to a bird

Tell me little bird (© Vanessa Stone)



Meet the Artist Friday 5th February, 6-8pm: An Evening with Vanessa Stone

Workshop Saturday 20th February, 2-4pm: Cut Your Own Curve


Find out more

Vanessa Stone's website

Buy Vanessa Stone's greetings cards and digital prints

Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

Admission is free.


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Christmas Closure

We will close at 5pm on Friday 17 December 2021 and will reopen at 10am on Wednesday 5th January.


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We are currently open on Saturdays until Saturday 27 November 2021.

Please note: We are only open on Saturdays during University of Cambridge term time.


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