The Art of 9/11: Healing?

People grieve in different ways. The art that emerged after 9/11 has been called many things: a healing process, documentation, and capturing humans in raw form. There are many blogs today referencing the art of 9/11.

The Nutmeg Grater wrote to inform the the New Britain Museum of Art (Conneticut) is normally closed on Mondays, but opened today to share events commemorating Scott O'Brien, one of many lost in the twin towers that day. Graydon Parrish took 4 years to complete "The Cycle of Terror and Tragedy: September 11, 2001," a painting spotlighted at the museum.

Judith Weiss from Kesher Talk shares a list of links, including a site for photographs taken during the attacks.

Alyson Stanfield from ArtBizBlog wants to know:

how the events of 9/11 have affected your art career, art business, and direction of your artwork.

If you have created a work in memoriam, I would like for you to leave a link to that.

Speaking from experience, I know that the very best art doesn’t always come from tragedy. But I also know it’s something artists just have to do: comment, explore emotions, connect.

What I find most powerful are the art pieces from children:

Share the Magic displays some heartwrenching pieces on her blog.

Sprittibee, a homeschooling Mom, shares pictures her 4 year old son to express his feelings on the tragedy.

Is graffiti an art? TACO shared 9/11 street art from around the world.

Aquila Online links to some historic news coverage, movie trailers and some very upsetting artwork from that time. (This artwork was removed due to public demand. Consider yourself warned.)

Deborah Leiter took to poetry to express herself, with "Seven of Ten Adults Aren't Sleeping."

Therese Walsh was asked to write about why art is important after loss. I couldn't have said this any better:

Life is not always kind to us individually, or to our families, our towns, our country or our world. But it's important not to let cheerlessness grow within us uncountered, because it can choke out hope. Art is a great remedy for this kind of bewildered, lost feeling, because when we're in the midst of art we're reminded that life has purpose and that purpose is often joyful. It doesn't matter if you're creating art or admiring someone else's, or whether the art itself appears in a deft brushstroke or a poignant melody or an apt phrase or a lingering touch between two dancers. What matters is art's ability to take us outside of our own experience for a while to remind us that there is meaning beyond despair. Art is able to do this like nothing else because it stems from passion, and passion is--at least for me--nearly the very opposite of hopelessness.

Contributing Editor Karen Rani also blogs at Troll Baby, Motherless, and owns Troll Baby Graphics.


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