Requiem for September 11
silkscreen on organza
45 banners, each banner 17' x 4'
Requiem for September 11th was my response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. For the 10 months following 911 I cut and re-assembled the ‘Portrait of Grief’ pages from New York Times. This was my way of doing something, anything about this national tragedy. As I read the sketches I cried and laughed and was saddened by so many lives cut short. I was struck by the youth of the victims and their apparent normalcy. These were not captains of industry, but ordinary people aspiring to the good life. What spoke to me most were the victims' faces, mostly smiling in snapshots of happy times.
All images copyright Tatana Kellner