Americana by Anthony Amabile Artist Statement: “As an American the impact of September 11th awakened a sense of patriotism, as a human they inflicted a sense of fear and as an artist the events numbed my senses. I wished to convey a sense of helplessness in the painting Americana. I shrouded the faces of the figures … Continued
Artist Statement: “As an American the impact of September 11th awakened a sense of patriotism, as a human they inflicted a sense of fear and as an artist the events numbed my senses. I wished to convey a sense of helplessness in the painting Americana. I shrouded the faces of the figures to represent those faceless victims and heroes, also to convey a sense of humiliation and helplessness. The hands of the figures are behind the back as if bound, also to convey a sense of helplessness.
The background colors: red, white, and blue to symbolize: not only my country’s colors but also blood, innocence, and freedom. This is a disturbing image for me … disturbing in the sense that it was inspired by events which altered our perception of the world. The type of prison inflicted by terrorism and acts of violence may not have walls, cages, or shackles in a physical sense but the effect on the spirit is similar.”
About Abbas Derissi: Abbas Derissi, painter, sculptor and graphic designer, began his career in Iran as a realist. He started painting at the age of ten. His recognition in art was very obvious as Derissi was growing up to be one of the very few talented students in Tehran’s Academy of Fine Art, at Tehran University. After graduating, he worked his way up as the Head Designer of the Iranian National TV Broadcasting and the Chairman of the Fine Art Department of Pahlavi’s University. Derissi has shared his artistic views and work with other artists all around the world in forty-eight Art Expositions.
Towers by Philip James Dodd
Artist Statement: “Painted two weeks after the attacks on the Trade Center Buildings,Towers aims to portray a sense of loss. In physical terms, the towers are echoes in the dusty sky, piles of rubble whose destruction resonates across the horizon. After the devastation it was clear that the loss extended far beyond physicality. I combined the sense of defeat felt on that day, with the realization of vulnerability, and fear associated with sudden weakness.
This is the flag at the towers’ base, withered, scarred, a part of America’s consciousness effectively and recently dead. That curled up flag is charactered also to acknowledge the people lost, symbolic access to the horror of that day. Visually the Towers also provide the number 11, while the flag is the number 9.”
September 11th Attack by Ingrid Neuhofer Dohm
I created this shortly after 9-11-01. Sitting in my studio, devastated by recent events, I could scarcely lift my brush. The only way I could purge myself of thinking of the evil that visited the U.S. on that day was to create my own memorial to the fallen.
11-09 by Luis Herberto
Falling Man by Derek John
Artist Statement: I painted this as a response to the story I have heard about this ‘falling man’. I have read several articles and watched TV documentaries on this subject and feel deeply moved by it. The backdrop of the towers behind his falling body put me in mind of the stars and stripes. Even in such unimaginable horror there is a kind of beauty, something I’m not entirely sure I understand.
To my mind 9/11 happened to me as much at it happened to anyone in New York or America. It happened to all of us and it left a profound mark. It was truly a horrible day.
Souls by Nicole Marques
Artist Statement: “This picture was created a little after 09/11 using PSP, from scratch. It was not pre-conceived, it just came…I realized near the end that it was my rendition of 09/11. If you look closely, you might even see the silhouette of a plane near the middle… Spooky!”
September 11th: Light and Memory by Sergey Muraveyev
Artist Statement: Light and memory remain after the day the world changed. Reason should solve all, not infinite senseless murders. The two white lines are light from Twin Towers. It gets up in the sky and far into space and comes back again with new power. In the sky remain dark spots, but they will disappear.
One Day in the Life by Sergey Murvaveyev
Artist Statement: The dark cloud closes in the light as did smoke from explosions of September 11th.
The Hero by Khai Nguyen
Artist Statement: “This firefighter is representative of all the service personnel and volunteers who turned a most horrible situation into a scene of true humanity. To say thanks, I painted this for my living room and visited Ground Zero.”
The Madonna in Hell by Fervorr J. Nwokorie
Artist Statement: I am a Nigerian artist working and living in the Gambia. In this painting I tried to portray America as she is – a multi-religious faced woman, weeping and engulfed in smoke, flame, and the pain of one day’s doom/tragic experience. As if that isn’t enough hanging from her neck lace is a plane (terrorist threat).
I would have titled this painting “Bad things happening to good people” but decided to choose a phrase that best describes what I feel and “SHE” feels as she asks why, why and why. Psalm 42;10 and Psalm 43;17 is what all the good people should know now.
Chaos by Gloria Nye
Artist Statement: “I attended a workshop on 23 September 2001. Sitting in the peaceful countryside was a stark contrast to what was happening in New York City. My sister had just arrived safely home, disturbed from her recent visit with her children, in Arizona. I took out the brilliant red, white, and blue tubes of acrylic and thought of the chaos reigning in that great city – of those beautiful towers no longer standing. As I thought of the pain that so many people were feeling, I found myself painting a skyline in chaos and before I knew it the towers rose strong again.”
Jeopardized Equilibrium by Benoit Perrault
Artist Statement: “Jeopardized Equilibrium is about human reaction and belief. Everyday life has been forced to change in New York and abroad following the September 11th attack. For a few hours that day, eternity seemed to have stopped, as a heartbeat seems to skip when in fear, facing an assailant.”
September 11 by Colleen O’Hara Schewlakow
Artist Statement: “This work was done on wood and consists of a collage of photos and ‘newspaper headlines’ (which I had made on my computer), painted over using encaustic technique, and finally aluminum strips were added to the piece. Simply entitled September 11th, I made this piece while feeling the full intensity of grief, rage, and pain of the time.
Etched in my mind so clearly were the images of the fireballs engulfing the twin towers; that is what the black and orange wax represents. Showing through the ‘flames and smoke’ are the images of some of the heroes – firefighters at the Pentagon draping the American flag on the building, as well as headlines about all of the planes the terrorists brought down, in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. The fixed objects represent the remaining pieces of the facade of the World Trade Center, which stood out so eerily in the smoking wreckage of the collapsed towers.”
Remembrance by Mikel Shllaku
Artist Statement: “An hymn to New York and its human spirit.”
Artist Statement: ‘As a visual artist, I am constantly stimulated by the never ending variety of shapes and colors that surround us. It’s not enough simply to replicate, but rather to interpret with expression. Combining form with color relationships and bold values I feel compelled to express my thoughts and emotions with strong and often stylized shapes. When I feel a link to a subject, I begin my artwork in a three-stage process. First I begin with a study of the subject and interpreting with thought and imagination. Next my free brush strokes and blending technique are used for the under painting and background. Then I begin to find form. Developing the final form, weather in abstract, impressionism or a combination of both, my work must leave me with a satisfying outcome. As long as there is a burning desire to create and express within me, I will always have something personal to offer others in art.”
Above the Fallen by Amy Stump
Artist Statement: “Through a God-Sent vision the day after the 9/11 tragedy I began this portait of Ground Zero. A fallen victim lovingly honored with the flag, the humanity of the nation with a worker kneeling beside the victim, the honor for the victim with the shadows of a military salute, and the blessing of the nation with the shadows of a priest praying for the victim. It took a year, and close to 400 hours in creating this picture.
“I created a limited edition of prints as a fund-raiser; a portion of the profits went to the 9/11 fund for Widows and Children, the Clay County Police Athletic League and Explorer Team, and the Orange Park Methodist Church.”
Eyes on New York by Tony Trigg
Artist Statement: “I was working on a series of paintings, computer enhanced drawings titled, ‘Eyes on _______ ‘(I fill in the blank with what I’m focusing on). After witnessing the tragedy of Sep 11, I could not sleep until I put on paper, the terrible image building inside my head.
The image I created shows symbolic faces of people who lost their life on that upsetting day and showing their souls rising slowly towards the heavens with the smoke. Also, I drew eyes peering between the buildings… the eyes of the people who thought of this awful act…. eyes that are still looking and searching to do more harm.”
Artist Statement: This was done while recovering from pneumonia soon after 9/11. I think because of my illness by senses were elevated and I poured all those feelings into the painting. The loss of spouses, children, public servants, unsuspecting passengers and their families.
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