Saturday, July 4, 2009

6-Word Saturday: The 4th from Ground Zero

Ella Numera Dos created this montage a couple of summers ago after a visit to Ground Zero in NYC.

Happy Birthday, America; we won't forget.

In addition to using different media to create this work, my chica juxtaposed the familiar silhouette of the Statue of Liberty with images from the Twin Towers site, then wrapped it all up with colorized snaps from other lower Manhattan locales.

Included in this collage are shots of Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge, a memorial dedicated to victims by employees of the NY/NY Port Authority, the American flag flying atop the eerie, empty shell of the Deutsche Bank Building (located at 130 Liberty Street, next door to the Twin Towers site), & the Liberty Bell replica cast at the same foundry as its mate in Philadelphia & donated to the people of NYC after 9/11 by the City of London.

The original work is 18x20 inches; Ella Dos reduced this to include in her portfolio when she was applying to college. Lots of the detail has been lost here, since I shrank the collage even more to squeeze it into this post.

When I rummaged around in the chica's portfolio the other day, looking for a copy of the collage, the kid asked a pointed question.

"What are you doing, Mom?'

"Looking for Ms. Liberty. For my post on the 4th."

"Oh."

She allowed as how she's not that fond of Ms.Liberty--the work, not the statue--because she thinks she's grown so much as an artist in the last 2 years. I have to say, though, that this piece has always touched me. The original is hanging on the wall in our family room. It's still one of my favorites.

Today's 4th of July celebration is brought to you by Cate at Show My Face. Have a Happy!

21 comments:

Gratitude Gal said...

Stopping by from SITS to say hello. Have a blessed 4th.

Marina said...

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Call Me Cate said...

Very nice work! Thanks for sharing it with us today as part of your six words.

Tammy Howard said...

What a cool piece!

Lindy said...

Very interesting montage/collage. Have a great Independence Day!

monica said...

Have a great 4th. What a too celebrate it! Stopping by from SITS and from SWS!

LadyStyx said...

It's an awesome piece. Although I understand where she's coming from on this. I'm the same way... I look back on my old work and wonder what anyone saw in it because to me it looks very elementary at best. I always like my newer stuff much better.

Ronnica said...

I'd love to see it bigger...looks well done.

Princess Andy said...

happy independence day to america!

beautiful collage...there are certainly some fantastic works of art to help us always remember important historical events. this one is totally cool.

andy:)

MammaDawg said...

Wow - it's beautiful!!

Happy Independence Day!!

mybellringers said...

Wow! Absolutely fab-u-lous! Happy 4th of July!

The Redhead Riter said...

Visiting from SITS. Happy 4th of July!

Susie said...

Happy 4th of July:-)

Becca said...

Not forgetting is the surest way to not repeat.

Jenn @ youknow... that blog? said...

Just dropping by to wish you a Happy 4th!

Nice piece - would love to see the original too. Artists always sell ourselves short - we're almost never happy with past work. Have to learn to see things with the eyes of others, right?

Have a wonderful weekend :)

knit1kids4 said...

I love it!

Vicki said...

Beautiful tribute!!

Have a Happy 4th!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Lady Liberty
holding freedom’s bright torch high
welcoming strangers…

Kristin said...

That's an incredible montage! Hope you had a fab 4th. Hi from SITS!

Miss Jo said...

Whatta ya mean ? Please tell Ella Dos that Miss Liberty is still artistically relevant! She has a wonderful eye for putting different pieces together in an expressive way. I love how collages also are windows into slices of time--- especially when viewed years later.

Marrdy said...

That is great. You are a woman of so many talents!!

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