~ Rising From Ashes
Like the mighty
Once again I rise from the flames set to destroy me and take flight.
I am Stronger Glorious
Kirsti A. Dyer,
I was contacted by artist-librarian Felice
Sacks in April 2002 about permission to use parts of the poem that I wrote
many years ago entitled "Blaze" in a silk screen print she was creating
to interpret the events of September 11, 2001. I was honored that the quote
was used in some small way to help in the healing process from this tragic
About the Image
Librarian and passionate part-time artist, Felice
Sacks used an excerpt from poem, "Blaze"
as part of her impressive silk screen print created for the Corcoran Art
School in Washington, DC. The theme was fear, fate and faith.
The main image was printed on paper before the
artist decided to use the phoenix or any text about the phoenix. The print
started as a young girl's face in front of the scaffolding left over from
the tragedy. The original idea was to use a curved rainbow above the girl's
head to express hope, but it wasn't working out. The artists had the option
to use text as part of the print. Felice searched the Internet to find
a reference to the phoenix in a quotation and found the words from the
The text was added along with the phoenix helping to mirror the image and
creating a very powerful image with the girl covered in ash with the scaffolding
of the World Trade Center behind her.
About the Project
Every year the Corcoran Art School in Washington,
DC has a student printmaking portfolio project. In 2002 the theme was Fear,
Fate and Faith or the September 11th tragedy. Twenty-six artists ranging
in age from early 20's to late 50's contributed prints to the effort. The
collection included some very powerful images and different interpretations
of the sad event.
The exhibit was originally at the Troyer Gallery
in DC and was on view to the public until April 27th. The
Library of Congress acquired the portfolio collection. It will be on exhibit
at the Library in September as an historical collection on the interpretation
of this tragedy in art form.
||Like the mighty phoenix,
Once again I rise from
the flames set to destroy me and take flight.
Kirsti A. Dyer,
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