Photo credit: Provided by donor
Accession Number: C.2015.85.1
Dimensions: 54 in X 100 in
Dimensions (Metric): 137.16 cm X 254 cm
Credit Line: Gift of JB Reilly and Kathleen Waterbury Reilly
Acrylic on canvas painting titled Tragedy by Salma Arastu and completed in 2001. The painting depicts the ghost of an airplane flying into depictions of the Twin Towers. At the base of the towers appear white dots resembling a flood of people. At the top is smoke veiling the upper portion of the towers. On the left side of the painting abstract dark figures cover their faces. The right side portrays an abstract image of military personnel and planes being deployed.
Visual artist Salma Arastu watched the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks unfold on television from her home in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. At the time, she was helping to plan her daughter’s wedding, scheduled for September 21, 2001. Due to the events that transpired, the wedding was postponed.
When Arastu was able to return to her studio, she immediately began to paint. One of the resulting pieces, titled Tragedy, depicts her immediate interpretation of the event.