Paper Cut is an exhibition of works on paper from UWA’s Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art. The ‘cut’ of the title refers both to technique and to the incisive cut of much of the subject-matter. It is a mass showing that reveals the strength of particular areas of the collection, and the remarkable breadth of content. Paper Cut includes many works on public display for the first time, with groupings of art extending up the walls of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.
Many of the framed works reflect the legacy of the Cruthers family, remaining as they were hung and appreciated within the homes of Lady Sheila and Sir James Cruthers. True to the original intent of the political posters, whereby they were produced to be plastered across public spaces and in the streets, many of the works are displayed without frames. This allows visitors to see the richness of many of the surfaces and closely observe the quality of the materials. Multiples of prints and prints in various states are also exhibited to reveal the process by which artists develop the work to the final state.