Christine From San Francisco

a woman's portrait is drawn with charcoal on a newspaper
a woman's portrait is drawn with charcoal on a newspaper
Christine from San Francisco

Christine was nice enough to send me a portrait of herself along with a newspaper from the town she lives in. I ended up wanting to make her portrait larger than life, so I purchased a few newspapers of my own from San Francisco in order to sew 3 front pages from various days together.

I am finding that I’m more and more attracted to the colors black, white, and gray. I can’t say why yet, but some day I will figure it out. One reason may be that I want Christine to appear to be part of the newspaper. I’m trying to conceptually show that all persons are connected to all events. These newspapers are from the town Christine lives in. A viewer is getting a small peak into the life of a woman they have never, and most likely will never meet.

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.

Lauren