ART AND MUSIC composition began for me in adolescence as a response to a childhood tragedy—as a way of coping, and trying to understand. In time, I realized I was transforming the worst thing that ever happened to me into the most beautiful things I've ever done. So, it isn't surprising that this tendency would continue for me and turn up again in the aftermath of 9/11. I lived just a short walk from Ground Zero and experienced the the attacks viscerally. But the image that has stuck with me, even more so than "falling man" or the planes crashing into the buildings, is that of the shards sticking up into the air in the days, weeks and months that followed. The tangled, mangled metal shards strained against an intense and quickly changing social and physical landscape like a cluster of stems arranged in a bouquet left on our doorstep. To my eyes, the shards are an image as iconic as Washington Crossing The Deleware or Raising the Flag on 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.
Shards | "Deep Purple Alert" | 2019 | 36" X 48" | Liquid acrylics, metallics, plaster, dies and bleach with textile collage on tinted burlap mounted on 3/4" ply.