Marina Loew, curatorial specialist and administrative assistant at the Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton, specifically created two paper cuts for “Disturbed.”
“To me, disturbing can be subtle,” Ms. Loew said. “Maybe you don’t feel disturbed at first, but as you spend more time looking at my art, I’m hoping that your mind starts putting together a disturbing story.”
Ms. Loew’s “Death of a Geisha” was inspired by a scrap of Japanese paper she had lying around.
“The pattern reminded me of a kimono, and the idea really just flowed from there,” Ms. Loew said. “I thought the idea of a woman in a beautiful kimono, lying in a pool of blood, was pretty disturbing. Your mind wants to fill in all the unanswered questions. What happened? Was she murdered? Why?”
She stumbled over the inspiration for the paper cut “Free Falling.”
“I was working on another piece and suddenly I was inspired to make a paper cut of a falling man in front of the moon,” Ms. Loew said. “After I started cutting it, I couldn’t help but think of the famous picture of the ‘falling man’ from 9-11 and how terrifying and disturbing it is.”