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"On the ground it was never so obvious to me how large the Empire State Building really is-there's always other tall buildings between me and it-but my studio windows in the North Tower of the WTC looked straight into the windows of that building from a distance of more than fifty blocks. Looking down on the city, which was dwarfed from so high up, I had a view that was strangely dichotomous: A closeness to the sky or "heavens" was coupled with a view down onto the city that made the goings on below appear tiny and frantic. Thus the title of the series of photos I ended up making: Heaven or Hell. There was a dialog between the Twin Towers and the Empire State Building that was really obvious from the higher floors of these buildings. The three structures stood alone above the city. I found myself constructing the Twin Towers and the Empire State Building out of sugar and making landscape "portraits" in which the three buildings acted out some sort of triangular relationship."
    -Susan Graham from Site Matters: The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's World Trade Center Artists Residency, 1997-2001, published 2004

In the summer of 2000, I was awarded a residency at Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's (LMCC) Worldviews
studios, on the 91st floor of World Trade Center 1.  The residency lasted May through September, and during my time there, I made these works. After 2001, these pieces no longer reflected my original intentions, and the content seemed much darker. Because of that, they have not been shown. I recently talked about the residency and that work for the first time during a lecture in 2012, and I finally decided to add the pieces I made while in the North Tower to my web site. For more information about the book click HERE and about the Worldviews Residency, please visit the LMCC web site:
http://www.lmcc.net/residencies/workspace/past_sessions/world_views




 
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