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Life in Balance: The Art of Nikki McClure

February 3, 2017 - June 1, 2018

In her first exhibition on the Eastern Seaboard, papercut artist Nikki McClure brings her vision of the world to Mystic Seaport with “Life in Balance: The Art of Nikki McClure,” a collection of original pieces that is now open in the museum’s C.D. Mallory Building. Considered one of the leading papercut artists in the world, McClure’s specialty is chronicling the details of everyday life.

The exhibition consists of 36 original papercuts by the Washington state artist, representing a cross section of her work spanning the last 20 years. McClure’s art is made by cutting a single black piece of paper with an X-ACTO knife. The papercuts represent her singular vision of life at the edge of Puget Sound, and feature the themes of water, nature, family, and respect for the land. Many of the works will be familiar to readers of McClure’s children’s books, whose striking black-and-white illustrations have built a national audience for her art.