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Paper Thin Theater

Paper Thin Theater

Paper Thin Theater

Paper Thin Theater

Fri, Jan 20 - Sun, Feb 19, 2012
  • The Trust’s Education & Community Engagement department
  • 709 Penn Gallery
  • Free and open to the public
by Kathryn Carr

"Paper Thin Theater" is a collection of paper cut art by Kathryn Carr. It focuses on the art of story telling; children's tales, puppetry, opera and the stage are presented in a narrative silhouette form. Her images mix nostalgia, dreams, nightmares and fleeting memories.

The focal point of the show is a large stage with intricately cut scenes and eclectic shadow puppets that beckon the viewer to interact with them. Visitors are invited to engage and experiment with the art to make their own silhouette plays. Kathryn has also created miniature shadow puppet theaters in the form of dioramas that are lit from behind.

The artistic process of Carr's work begins with an idea, then a sketch. The sketch is reworked, and then the desired image is drawn on the back of the paper that is to be cut. Using a #11 blade and a small scissor, Carr will carefully cut away the paper to reveal the image. The art is usually placed in a deep frame up off the background to produce subtle shadows.

"I am enticed by the bold effects of the cut paper silhouette and the dramatic play of the shadows they cast,” says Carr. “I love how the simplicity of the lines in a silhouette can produce such complex expressions and conjure vivid memories and feelings."

About Kathryn Carr

Kathryn Carr is a self-taught paper cut artist. Her art encompasses many different facets. She has produced a line of greeting cards and is currently developing her own greeting card app. She teaches paper cutting workshops and continues to work on film projects. She markets her art at various indie festivals and exhibits her work in galleries locally and nationally.

Kathryn Carr was born in 1968 in Seattle, Washington. As a child her family moved to New York and West Virginia and then settled in Pittsburgh. Kathryn attended Bethel Park middle and high school. She received a BFA in art Education from Edinboro University of PA. Kathryn has since lived in various locations in the East and West coasts of the United States. She spent 6 years in Anchorage, Alaska and one year living in Baku, Azerbaijan. She has returned to Pittsburgh several times before embarking on new adventures in other locations, and she remains very active in Pittsburgh’s art scene. She will be doing a teaching residency at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh in 2012. Currently, Carr is living and working in St. Augustine, Florida.

Kathryn began paper cutting in 2008 and it has remained her sole artistic medium. She was drawn to the bold effects of the silhouette and straightforwardness of the creation process.


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