Photo credit: Donor provided
Accession Number: C.2020.55.1
Dimensions: 8 ½ in X 4 ½ in X 1 in
Dimensions (Metric): 20.32 cm X 10.16 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Anonymous gift
9/11 Part I
Encaustic painting titled 9/11 Part I. The piece is composed of yellow, pink, and light green-blue oil pastels, other waxes, powder pigments, and ash mixed into the encaustic wax. Vertical lines in graphite represent the standing Twin Towers. Above the towers is an upside-down triangle, with its tip pointed at the vertical lines. The triangle represents the approaching planes.
9/11 Part I (2002) and 9/11 Part II (2003) are the results from the artist's visit to Ground Zero a month after the September 11th attacks. When viewed together, the works depict the events of 9/11 as abrupt, drastic alterations to the lower Manhattan landscape.
Both works are set on Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF board) and comprised of encaustic wax created from bee’s wax and damar varnish. This mixture is heated until malleable and applied to the MDF board with a small palette knife. Oil pastels, other waxes, powder pigments, and ash are mixed into the encaustic wax and applied in layers, offering each piece a distinct texture and physicality. Both pieces also include layers of paper collage.