A clip art installation by the New York City-based artist Amy Hodge that is part of a larger campaign to reduce cord cutting by people in the city has raised the ire of many who find it offensive.
The installation features a black-and-white image of a young woman with a white mask and a cane.
The masked woman wears the mask because she feels anxious and vulnerable and it is also meant to evoke anxiety and fear, Hodge said in a statement released on Thursday.
Hodge said she wanted to create an image that evoked a fear and anxiety in viewers who might not have experienced such a feeling themselves.
The image is meant to be a kind of metaphor for cord cutting, Hix said in the statement.
The artist also used a similar black- and-white painting to show a woman in a hospital room with a casket around her neck and her face covered in gauze, as if she was dead.
The black and white image of the woman with the mask was a reference to the recent coronavirus pandemic.
Hix said she thought the mask and casket images were “so much more meaningful and powerful” than the mask image and was offended by them.
“My goal was to make an art installation that was an example of the power of art to bring people together and that they might feel more connected and that we can all come together in a way that allows them to feel a little more safe and feel safe when they are not around people like them,” Hix told ABC News.
“And the mask is just a way to give them that feeling of security.”
Hodge’s installation, which she said will be installed in New York’s Lincoln Center, was created after she had been experiencing anxiety and depression.
She was told by her doctors that she had a history of depression, but no one knew why, according to the artist’s website.
Hinx said the mask painting and caskets were meant to convey the image of someone in the hospital with a mask on.
“This image of her mask and the casket, the way they were made, was intended to represent that anxiety and the fear that she has,” Hodge told ABCNews.
“But also as a way of showing how vulnerable she feels, that there is something else going on underneath the mask that she doesn’t know.”
Hix has worked in New England for decades, but said she has never been approached by anyone to paint a piece for her.
She hopes the installation will help people understand how important it is to protect themselves when it comes to cord cutting.
“The more people who are not in this space, the more safe we will be,” she said.