September 11th Piece

detail of a newspaper with portraits drawn on it

Okay, so just wanted to give you all another glimpse into my “Significant Stranger Project”

faces of victims from September 11th drawn on a newspaper from September 12th

I have a couple images to show you of what will end up being about 10 percent of the final product. I do not believe I will be done with this one until at least a year from now. We shall see.

This idea spawned from the events that took place in the United States on September 11th, 2001.

This project is about the connections we all share and I have picked September 11th, 2001 as an event that I believe reminded people of that fact. I do not believe there was a person alive on that day that didn’t feel connected in some way to the events or people that took place. In terms of my life philosophy and the concept behind this work, all of those who died on that day were effecting my life somehow. And them no longer being present on earth had another significant effect on my life.

They are all significant strangers.

detail of a newspaper with portraits drawn on it

Each face is approximately 2 inches x 2 inches. So far I am inclined to draw all of them in pencil. That may change in the future, but who knows.

This project has become quite surreal for me, if I am completely honest. While I am collecting the photographs I am reading paragraphs and paragraphs of loss. I know I will never feel what those who lost loved ones felt and still feel today, but I’m going to try. And I will most certainly try and communicate the connections we all share so perhaps more people will realize their own true significance and potential.

Let me know what you think.


Mary Kann

a black and white painting of a woman on a chair on postcards
Mary (a portrait of a woman painted on postcards sent to her)

I wanted to add a few other images to give you all an idea of what I have been working on lately. This piece started with buying about 250 postcards from ebay. Upon receiving them I noticed they were all addressed to the same woman, Mary Kann. I preceded to ask the nice gentleman who sold me these postcards if he had an image of this woman so that I could join the two (the woman and the postcards) together.

I am so happy to report that he did and I have successfully combined Mary Kann with her postcards and developed another piece for my Significant Stranger Project. There is a front and back to this installation, but I am only showing you the front. The back is all the written text that Mary received, mainly from her daughter Dot, over several decades. I plan on showing it as a free standing sculpture that may be seen from all sides.

detail of a black and white portrait painting of a woman
Detail of Mary

Enjoy the images. It’s still in the working phases, but you can get an idea of where I am going with this particular piece. I am working on about three more at the moment and will keep you updated as the time passes.

Again, I am always looking for volunteers, so if you are a stranger, which most of you out there are (to me), check out my post entitled New Art Project #1 to get more details.

Thanks again! Lauren

Update on Significant Stranger Project

a portrait of a young woman printed on her local newspaper

Well, things are going really well with this project. I have a good amount of volunteers sending me photos and newspapers–thank you all. I wanted to post an image of a piece I just completed to give you all an idea of what I mean to do with your portrait. This particular piece is done on newspaper, others will be completed on other materials which have yet to be decided on.

a portrait of a young woman printed on her local newspaper
Lauren from Bethesda

If you are interested in being part of this project please leave a comment and I will get in contact with you. More information about the “Significant Stranger Project” may be found under the page New Art Projects

More updates to come!