Updated: Aug 1, 2020
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The Clouds...a painting about using holy scripture to justify murder.
Before 9/11 I was living with my Girlfriend and felt I was doing well as an Artist. That day I watch as the air craft crashed into the twin towers. And saw people fall to their death. I watched as the buildings collapsed, crashing down in fire, smoke and debris. And thousands of thousands of sheets of paper; I remember thinking of exploded file cabinets, documents and surly Bibles, Torahs and Qur'ans. they would have been there, fluttering in the ash, the remains of these sacred texts. destroyed like the living beings so callously killed.
For me it was clear example of the ethical dilemma, " to hold so dear, the holy scriptures that you should destroy the creation it was written for. And it as well.
The painting had one showing at P. A.S.S. Gallery in Washington D.C.
I offered it to the collection of art at the The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, but never got a response, Later it appeared I was Blacklisted.
I consider it one of my most important works, but feared it also destroyed my career. So I rolled the canvas after so many rejections. And sometimes believed it would be dated because of it's affiliation to the date and time.
But it keeps coming back to haunt me- it's relevance seeming to materialise again and again. "
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And so — shortly before the president addressed the nation from the Rose Garden at 6:43 p.m. Monday and roughly a half-hour before the District’s 7 p.m. curfew went into effect — authorities fired flash-bang shells, gas and rubber bullets into the crowd, clearing a path for Trump to visit the church" and hold up a Bible.