When this tragedy occurred, I had been working on a series of tulips. I had begun a new one in purple, a color I seldom used. I put it aside and began the 9–11 series of images, and for months, that is all that I did in my printmaking. During this period, I created a woodcut of the American flag, and numerous stencils, and used these elements in my prints.
At one point I revisited the incomplete purple flowers. (See image to the right.) They became the hopeful anchor of this series. I added a stencil of the ruins and a collagraph of people viewing the ruins, and titled it Tragedy and Hope. This image was included in a 9 –11 exhibition in 2002 at the Fitchburg Art Museum.
TRAGEDY & HOPE, 9/11 Monoprint