On September 11, 2001, I was living with my partner Mary in Montclair, New Jersey, just twelve miles west of Manhattan. She called me shortly after 9 am and told me to turn on CNN, that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. As the events of the day unfolded, I knew that whatever happened, our country would never be the same.
As an artist, I feel compelled to absorb the places and events I experience and reinterpret what is valuable about those experiences through my artwork for others to contemplate. In the days and months that followed 9/11, I struggled to understand why human beings who share such core desires, needs and fears could be so far apart ideologically. I turned to my artwork to help me work out my feelings. From that early processing came a series of ceramic figures I worked on for ten years - which came to be known as the “Tribe of Immortals.” When mounted in groups, the figures expressed a chorus of human emotions, experiences and aspirations (you can read an earlier blog post about this artwork below).
When I returned to watercolor painting a few years ago, although my medium and subject matter changed dramatically, I still felt that core responsibility in my work, to react and reinterpret what I experience in a way that moves other people in some way. I have been photographing the World Trade Center site since I first visited the area two weeks after the buildings came down. It is an area I know well, since I worked for a time at the World Financial Center adjacent to the site. After I visited the Memorial for the first time, again I felt compelled to express some of those feelings through my artwork and painted this small watercolor of the reflecting pool in the footprint of the South Tower.
I hope the painting brings comfort to those who lost loved ones on that day. I hope all of us find peace from the light dancing on the water. To me, the drops of water represent the millions of tears that have been shed, and will continue to be shed, because of the pain of those days.
For every print of “World Trade Center Memorial” I sell, I will donate $5 to Tuesday’s Children, a nonprofit that supports families and communities that have been impacted by terrorism or other trauma. If someone purchases the painting, I will donate 50% of the price of the painting to the nonprofit.
Please feel free to share the image for personal use. I ask that you credit me with the image and/or link back to this site.
Peace to all who see it.
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