Today I am uploading my memorial painting onto the National September 11 Memorial Museum website of artists. The problem with this painting is that as a tiny image you cant see the individual portraits.
Below is the piece I have written to go with my images.
911 : Memorial to 343 Firefighters Andie Scott
'911' depicts the portraits of all 343 firefighters who lost their lives while on duty at the World Trade Center on 11 th September 2001. I chose to paint the firefighters because they are a-political, there to save life at a risk to their own. I felt a compelling need to express the 9/11 tragedy in my work.
I started to draw the firefighter’s portraits on September 20th 2001, using memorial notices on the web and newspaper articles. It took six months to produce the portrait drawings and paint them onto the canvas.
When I showed the painting to Firefighters at Duane Street, New York in 2002 I stood silent and humbled as they kept pointing out their lost friends on the canvas.
The solo firefighter paintings are from the individual portraits I painted of some of the firefighters. I received this letter after my visit with the painting in 2002.
Dear Ms. Scott:
Since September 11, 2001 we have all been moved by the tremendous outpouring of support from across the country and around the world. I would like to thank you for sharing your artwork with us, and indeed for showing your solidarity with the fallen in creating this work.
I will be forwarding your beautiful artwork to the wife of Ff. Joseph Angelini Sr,. The Angelini family was the only FDNY family that lost a firefighter father and a firefighter son on September 11, 2002. Your artwork of Joseph Angelini Sr. will, I am sure, be of comfort to this family.
As we look ahead with hope, know that we are stronger for this expression of support from you.
New York City Fire Department
Family Assistance Unit
911 forms part of 'World Tragedy' a series of my paintings which challenges the way the news and media moves from one tragic situation to another filling us with emotions and a desire to act. The 'sound bites' of the world move on and we are expected to as well. But the memory and emotion of those who have lost family and friends continues.
'World Tragedy' is about making a mark through painting to make sure we do not forget situations that continue to cause that level of distress and outrage that we felt when it was called ‘breaking news’. '911' is the first completed painting.
'911' is difficult to convey the impact on the website registry of artists.
I have included an image of all the drawings I made with each firefighter's name. The painting is in oil on linen and measures 18” x 96”. I would like to see it hung at the National September 11 Memorial Museum.
andie scott, flexitron studio, 46 penton street,London, n1 9qa