The 911 body of work focuses on the tragic events leading up to, during, and after the terrorist attack that occurred in New York on September 11, 2001. Most of the paintings were created over the last eleven years, but several of them go back twenty plus years, including works that were made in response to the Gulf War in 1991.
The events surrounding 9/11 have impacted me in a very profound way. They inspired a creative journey that has been personal and emotional, while exploring the role of religion and ideology in shaping the tensions and conflict that have marked our recent history.
The paintings that emerged are visually expressive, with bold color, heavy impasto, collage, and assemblage. The work incorporates architectonic forms with gestural brush strokes inspired by Abstract Expressionism. For the most part, the process of developing a painting is unconscious rather than pre-planned. There is a willingness to destroy the current state of any painting if it is not working, by adding a found object or obliterating a previous section with the thick application of new paint.
The artwork evolves over time by taking risks. Some paintings are completed quickly, although many are in process for months or even years, with multiple paintings worked on at the same time. During the completion of a canvas, ideas for new paintings emerge and a quick sketch is made so that the idea is not lost.
These paintings are a vehicle to document the events of 9/11 and their aftermath, including the current efforts toward recovery and remembrance. What is most important is for this work to leave a historically accurate legacy to ensure that all global citizens remember what happened.