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Roma is a papercut artist, painter and illustrator from Melbourne Australia.

McLaughlin,Roma-Walking the river trail

Banyule Works on Paper Art Prize 2023

16 Sep 2023 – 26 Nov 2023
Papercut. Walking the river trail

Artworks in Exhibition

I am pleased to be selected as a finalist in this years Banyule works on Paper Art Prize.

Artist's Statement:

I walk along the Plenty River (Wurundjeri land). Going home, I change my route by crossing over the bridge to get a different view. One side is more virgin bush while the other is manicured parkland. Upstream, it’s a mixture of both. There are ancient gum trees with native undergrowth and weeds, and old pine trees seeded from long-gone orchards. Contending for their positions near the water source, they coexist well enough on these banks of the Plenty River.


My recent work reflects my response to living near the Plenty and Yarra rivers.

I use a single sheet of white paper and a scalpel to cut out shapes to form an interconnecting image. I interpret foliage as silhouettes, while smaller cut-out shapes define patterns reminiscent of the rhythmic movement of water. Using a painted background has become a recent extension of my paper-cutting technique.