NY 11 Sept, from the series NY 11 Sept
1938 - 16 Dec 2019
During the late 1990s Staunton began making monotypes with the assistance of artist Wim de Vos. Staunton found that the rapid process of making monotypes with its potential for delicate tonalities suited her very well.
Staunton used the monotype method to create this haunting suite of prints as a direct and deeply personal response to the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001.
Executed on already-inked plates the artist had been preparing for another body of work, the ghostly imprints were made by the artist’s hand and arm pressing into the viscous pigment. The plates were then printed into a single edition.
Throughout the series, two rectangular blocks - possibly representing the twin towers - repeat on each sheet hued by dark purple, red, ochre and black inks. These blocks of colour are interrupted by the ghostly imprints of the artist’s hand trailing down the plate, recalling the shocking media imagery of victims who fell and jumped from the towers, to their deaths.
These monotypes exist in a darker area of the artist’s practice, referencing mortality and the fragility of human existance. The artist continued making monotypes through the mid-2000s, expanding her subject matter (such as still life), and experimenting with strategies of representation, before making a wholehearted return to figurative painting.
monotype on off-white wove Arches paper
16.5 x 24.6 cm platemark; 32.3 x 44.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r., pencil "Madonna Staunton". Dated l.l., pencil "'01".
Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors' Fund 2019
Not on display
© Madonna Staunton
Where the work was made
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Madonna Staunton, Institute of Modern Art, Fortitude Valley, 13 Mar 2003–18 Apr 2003
Madonna Staunton: Out of a Clear Blue Sky, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 30 Aug 2014–01 Mar 2015
Contour Biennale 8 polyphonic words: justice as medium, 11 Mar 2017–21 May 2017
Madonna Staunton a selected survey: 1964 – 2019, Milani Gallery, West End, 02 Mar 2019–30 Mar 2019
Referenced in 1 publication
Peter McKay, Madonna Staunton: Out of a Clear Blue Sky, Brisbane, 2014, 43 (colour illus.).