Out of the Ashes - A tribute to 9-11.
All profits from the sale of this piece was donated to the Canyon
to the Alamo.
This captivating piece was
inspired by the devastating tragedy that was 9/11. The
scenes and imagery were burned into Bryant’s mind as she
went to her studio with hopes to relinquish control of some
of these horrific details on the one year anniversary.
Bryant decided to reflect upon
the light and dark of the event, and in so chose the medium
of Ink and Gouache to portray her vision. She constructed
the grill of the building, produced the firefighters rushing
in and then to create the chaos and ash; she painted white
Gouache for light then doused the entire water color board
in black ink.
It was when she washed away
the darkness of that ink that the true miracle appeared.
Crosses emerged from the ruble. People reached out for a
savior. A demon standing on top of what remained of the
building, gazed upon his destructive creation. Hidden
aspects that she did not consciously draw but felt their
presence, surfaced, including the faces of the lost. When
Bryant allowed the light of the world back into her heart,
the aftermath became something she could live with.
Bryant’s artwork tends to
reveal “a picture, within a picture, within a picture.” She
has a way of allowing things to just happen. In this
painting, Bryant took life “Out of the Ashes”.
by Cheryl Sawyer
As the soot and dirt and ash rained down,
We became one color.
As we carried each other down the stairs of the burning
We became one class.
As we lit candles of waiting and hope
We became one generation.
As the firefighters and police officers fought their way
into the inferno
We became one gender.
As we fell to our knees in prayer for strength,
We became one faith.
As we whispered or shouted words of encouragement,
We spoke one language.
As we gave our blood in lines a mile long,
We became one body.
As we mourned together the great loss
We became one family.
As we cried tears of grief and loss
We became one soul.
As we retell with pride of the sacrifice of heroes
We become one people.
|We are The Power of One.
We are United.
We are America.