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SINCE CHILDHOOD, my art has been about trying to turn something terrible into something wonderful. So, it isn't surprising that this tendency would turn up for me again in the aftermath of 9/11. I lived just a short walk from Ground Zero. What has stuck with me most, even more so than "falling man" or the planes crashing into the buildings, is the shards sticking up into the air in the months that followed, like a bouquet left on the doorstep of our collective memory. The mangled metal shards strained against a quickly changing, color-coded social landscape. To my eyes, they formed an image as iconic as Washington Crossing the Deleware or Raising the Flag At Iwo Jima. And my challenge —my need, I suppose— was to turn it into something I could not only live with but something I'd actually want to live with.

 

"Deep Purple Alert" | From the series SHARDS | Liquid acrylics, metallics, plaster, dies and bleach with textile collage on tinted burlap mounted on 3/4" ply | 36" X 48".
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"Deep Purple Alert" | Surface detail
"Deep Purple Alert " | Approximate unframed scale view.
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"Fuchsia Alert" | From the series SHARDS | Liquid acrylics, metallics, plaster, dies and bleach with textile collage on tinted burlap mounted on 3/4" ply | 36" X 48".
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"Fuchsia Alert" | Approximate unframed scale view.
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"Moss Green Alert" | From the series SHARDS | Liquid acrylics, metallics, plaster, dies and bleach with textile collage on tinted burlap mounted on 3/4" ply | 36" X 48".
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"Moss Green Alert" | Studio view in artist's frame.
"Orange Alert" | From the series SHARDS | Liquid acrylics, metallics, plaster, dies and bleach with textile collage on tinted burlap mounted on 3/4" ply | 36" X 48".
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"Orange Alert" | Approximate unframed scale view
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"Violet Alert" | From the series SHARDS | Liquid acrylics, metallics, plaster, dies and bleach with textile collage on tinted burlap mounted on 3/4" ply | 36" X 48".
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"Violet Alert" | Surface detail
"Violet Alert" | Fresh from framing
"Violet Alert" | Studio view with artist's frame.
"Crimson Alert" | From the series SHARDS | Liquid acrylics, metallics, plaster, dies and bleach with textile collage on tinted burlap mounted on 3/4" ply | 36" X 48".
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"Crimson Alert" | Approximate unframed scale view.
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"Cadmium Yellow Alert" | From the series SHARDS | Liquid acrylics, metallics, dies and bleach with textile collage on mounted inkjet print | 24" X 36" |
"Cadmium Yellow Alert" | Fresh from framing
"Cadmium Yellow Alert" | Surface detail
"Ocher Alert" | Surface detail
"Ocher Alert" | Approximate unframed scale view
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"Saffron Alert" | From the series SHARDS | Liquid acrylics, metallics, dies and bleach with textile collage on mounted inkjet print | 24" X 36".
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"Saffron Alert" | Surface detail.
"Saffron Alert" | Approximate unframed scale view.
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"Burnt Umber Alert" | From the series SHARDS | Liquid acrylics, metallics, dies and bleach with textile collage on mounted inkjet print | 24" X 36".
"Burnt Umber Alert" | Surface detail.
"Burnt Umber Alert" | Approximate unframed scale view.
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"Tupelo Rose Alert" | From the series SHARDS | Liquid acrylics, metallics, dies and bleach with textile collage on mounted inkjet print | 24" X 36".
"Tupelo Rose Alert" | Surface detail.
"Tupelo Rose Alert" | Approximate unframed scale view.
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Shards | "Orange Alert #1" Beaten multimedia work on linen | 86" X 140"
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"Orange Alert | Detail and surface view.
"Orange Alert | Detail and surface view.
"Orange Alert" | Approximate unframed scale view.
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"Indigo Alert" | From the series SHARDS | Acrylics, tempera, and metallics with broken glass and plaster on board | 19" X 23"
"Indigo Alert" | Detail view.