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Saturday, August 05, 2006

The Katrina Collection

Think of another way of looking at the debris. Think of another way to reconfigure the scraps you've been left with. It won't bring your house back or rebuild the town, but for a space of time, you'll be expressing what the year has been like.

That's what artist Lori K. Gordon has been doing. She writes:

This series is about the creation of something new from the wreckage of the past. I have used fragments of old paintings, keys to my home, clocks which stopped when the storm reached Clermont Harbor, and many other pieces of rubble to represent this journey. Several themes appear repeatedly. The eyes are representative both of the eye of the storm, and of the thousands of people who watched its progress towards the coast and witnessed the destruction it wrought. The abstracted human figures are meant to point to the tremendous human toll of Katrina. The clocks and watches are about the way in which time was made to stand still, and even reversed by the wind and water. The use of torn papers and fabric symbolize the countless pieces of clothing and bedding which hang from broken tree limbs all along the coast.

and later, she concludes her piece with these thoughts:

I have always known how important my work was to my happiness and wellbeing. I never felt that I had a choice as to whether or not I did my art; it is simply what I am about. The five weeks in which Katrina robbed me of that part of myself is a period of time in which I was not complete. It is only since I have begun to work again that I have been able to begin the healing process. In a very small and personal way, I have been able to make time start again. As I savor the relief that comes with moving forward, I am rediscovering the possibility of joy.

Shortly after the hurricane, a friend told me that it was the responsibility of artists to begin creating as soon as possible. It was our job, she said, to help us all understand what had happened to our lives. I don’t know if my work can do that for anyone else. What I do know is that each of us, in our own unique fashion, has to find a way to believe again, to dare hope for our future.

Visit her site to view her creations. They are magnificent.


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