Britta Konau, former curator at the Corcoran Museum and National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC describes the work of Mj Viano Crowe: “This contemporary version of a Scherenschnitt, a 16th-century German art form of cutting paper into intricate designs, dazzles not just because of its incredible
delicacy but also because of its highly complex layout. In the piece, BEAUTY & TERROR, Viano Crowe "combines discrete narrative scenes with lines from a Rainer Maria Rilke poem, each story occuping its own pictorial space, like the panels of a comic strip. Yet in its magical inventiveness the piece also recalls medieval book illumination and in its stark linearity it recalls wood engravings."