I drew this in mid to late summer 2001. I thought it had something going for it but that it wasn’t quite working… so I put it aside. Actually, I left it on the floor of my studio and pretty much forgot about it until the morning after 9/11.
When I got to the studio the next morning it was the first thing I saw and the shock of connection between these marks and the events of the previous day was profound. It was as if, overnight, the drawing had been imbued with near magical meaning.
It was tempting to think in terms of premonitions and portents but this was not precognition; not, at least, any more than any other creative act might be said to be so.
The creative impulse drives us to connect with possible futures. The act of mark making – drawing; painting; etc., acts in such a way as to attract meaning and amplify those possibilities. It is a case of casting lines into the future. Sometimes they catch.

I drew this in mid to late summer 2001. I thought it had something going for it but that it wasn’t quite working… so I put it aside. Actually, I left it on the floor of my studio and pretty much forgot about it until the morning after 9/11.

When I got to the studio the next morning it was the first thing I saw and the shock of connection between these marks and the events of the previous day was profound. It was as if, overnight, the drawing had been imbued with near magical meaning.

It was tempting to think in terms of premonitions and portents but this was not precognition; not, at least, any more than any other creative act might be said to be so.

The creative impulse drives us to connect with possible futures. The act of mark making – drawing; painting; etc., acts in such a way as to attract meaning and amplify those possibilities. It is a case of casting lines into the future. Sometimes they catch.

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