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I have a lot of family in New York. And almost immediately I
could not get ahold of them. So I stuck with who I could
get ahold of, and I'm talking to them on the phone, because I was
all alone. And I think the most poignant moment for me was when
the building fell, and then I lost it. I worked in Wall Street for
five years, and I lived there for twelve years, so it was my town.
So, I was a mess, and then my sister sort of talked me out of my
hysteria, and then my husband said, "I'm coming home; go get
the children." I was probably the only one in this area that
went and got their children. We spent the day in prayer and we spent
the day by the TV, and I wanted to be here with them. I wanted to
open up the events with them.
that New York is beat up, and it'll never be the same. I used to
go twice a year, and it was such a happy place for me to go. It's
such an amazing place, you know. My heart just goes out to them.
didn't work for two weeks. I couldn't do much. I think I was like
a lot of artists, you just sort of thinkwhat is it all about?
You think everything before is frivolous. Nothing makes sense. So
I listened to a lot, and I read a lot, and I prayed a lot, and I
tried to take in as much as I possibly could. And then, when I was
ready to work, it came back to my faith.
my work has become much more faith-oriented, even a little bit more
on the edge, and it doesn't matter anymore, because I realize we
have to be true to ourselves. I don't care about the marketREALLY
don't care about the market at this pointand I know my life,
especially being in my forties, is extremely short and precious.
So my work has become more deliberate than ever before, and I don't
know what the results will be, and it's none of my business anymore.
of the things I did, before I even really got back to painting was,
I did probably 15 or so sconces. So what I began to do was to sort
of throw my feet at the mercy of God and just started making these
little prayer sconces. Some I gave away to people that needed them.
And most of them I kept. I had a lot my friends who wrote poetry,
send things to meI started to attach those to the sconces.
Some of the things that I attached to the sconces are loose, so
they have little hooks, so you can hook on different words and different
poetry readings, different images of people that you're praying
for. I had a lot of images of New York that I would hook on. And
it helped to keep me steadfast in my prayers.
always been very grateful that I live in this country. I have traveled
enough where I know what I have, especially the older that I get.
I cannot tell you how impressed I was with so many people in this
country. And when I hear people who are slightly anti-American,
it's frustrating for me, because they live in such a generous place,
and so I all the more don't understand when they can condemn this
country. I know that we're not perfect; I know we have blood on
our hands. I know that we have made mistakes. But we are free. It's
just an amazing place. So all the more, as Americans, to fight for
thatwe have never had to worry about that. We are a vulnerable
country. I didn't think so before. So, we have to maybe fight for
it, and we have to grow up.
I think that if all the arts were taken off the earth, the planet
would go dark. I think it's what keeps us happy, it's what takes
us beyond what is here and hard to bear. Though these are scary
times, I'm very hopeful that this is going to bring the best out
in so many people. And I'm much more interested in looking at art
now than I was before, because I see some artists that are going
very deep, and it's made all the difference. And people are connecting
and they're communicating, and artists are contacting each other
and they want to work together. That's the other thing that I think
has come out of this, we're learning to work together instead of
being so independent. I want to come together now, and collaborate,
and be with people, and put together projects, and work with young