An exhibition by paper cutting artist Vanessa Stone.
Vanessa was born in Winterslow, went to school in Salisbury and comes from a South Wiltshire family that stretches back hundreds of years. This exhibition focuses on work inspired by her memories of growing up in the city and the surrounding landscape.
Describing how she wants to ‘make the memory of seeing real’, her paper cutting embodies an emotional response to a place, scene or thing she has seen. What is even more poignant about this is the connectedness across the years – a scene from Vanessa’s childhood is just as likely to be a scene from Salisbury life today.
Vanessa uses a scalpel to ‘draw’ into paper, cutting away to make an image come from the surface of the paper. By paring the elements down to the essentials of line, colour and composition, she creates at once a vibrant and intricate response to her memories, makes that moment in time a tangible thing.
After years of specialising in textiles, Vanessa started cutting into paper in 2006. Inspired by the dynamism and life of Matisse’s cutouts, and increasingly aware of the work of artists such as Rob Ryan and Beatrice Coron, Vanessa describes her journey into paper cutting as a compelling ‘quest for a sharper line, a more clean composition, a flatter surface.’