Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2016.116.1
Dimensions: 12 ⅞ in X 12 ⅞ in
Dimensions (Metric): 30.48 cm X 30.48 cm
Credit Line: Gift of Jeremy H. Biggs
Geist: Ghost, Mind, Spirit/Premonitions
Framed acrylic on canvas painting titled Geist: Ghost, Mind, Spirit/Premonitions from a series titled The Geist Series, 1999–2001, by Jourdan Arpelle. The painting is primarily gray with a darker gray outline of a square and an outline of a white square. Two white lines transverse the canvas through the squares. Paired with the painting is a framed sculptural piece consisting of a hand-blown hourglass, filled with World Trade Center dust.
In 1999, artist Jourdan Arpelle began working on a series of paintings she titled The Geist Series. The body of work consisted of square canvases painted in shades of gray, burnished to mirror the texture of silk. Overlaid onto them were patterns of fine lines arrayed as open squares, sometimes overlapping one another. Arpelle considered this project an abstract exploration of the dematerialization process, from matter into spirit.
In the aftermath of witnessing 9/11 firsthand, Arpelle perceived the earlier series as premonitions of the World Trade Center’s destruction, in which the outlined footprints of the vanished towers emerged and receded from the flat gray planes of the canvas.