Cut-Paper Installation Adorns Boston & Main Building’s Windows __________________ The art made me feel that I was still alive. Art was my only way to communicate. Pai Fang Lin Artist and MCC graduate W ith only a pencil, an X-acto knife and her imagination as tools, artist Pai Fang Lin carves long rolls of white drawing paper into stunning, multi-dimensional works of art that make people pause, look and marvel at the symbolic visions she creates. Her latest cut-paper installation fills the windows of MCC’s Boston & Maine Building on Central Street in Lowell. The historic Victorian structure, a former train station and movie theater lobby, will one day be home to Middlesex dance and theater programs, as well as a performance space. look, and imagine the building’s past and creative future, according to Lin and Margaret Swan, Chairwoman of MCC’s Art Department, who commissioned the installation. “The goal was to make it one piece, flowing around the whole building, filling every window with images to reflect what the building’s future is. Pai has done that with her paper sculptures,” said Swan. A Lexington resident, Lin is a multitalented artist and 2009 MCC graduate, who now works as an Art Department darkroom and graphic design lab assistant. She creates dramatic artwork that challenges and delights viewers. In addition to MCC’s B&M Building window display, she has designed a colorful, laser-cut metal installation for the college’s Culture Garden in Derby Park on Middle Street in Lowell. While her cut-paper masterpieces stand out, Lin’s life is a masterpiece, as well. It’s a story of ultimate triumph over Profiles __________________ 4 |12| Lin’s creation features filigreed piano keyboards, delicate dramatic masks and striking musical notes that, appropriately enough, translate into the American folk song, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad. Her artwork beckons passers-by to stop, Above photo: Pai Fang Lin standing outside MCC’s Boston & Maine Building