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Title

NY 11 Sept, from the series NY 11 Sept

2001


Artist

Madonna Staunton

Australia

1938 -


About

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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Brisbane Queensland Australia


Date

2001


Media category

Print


Materials used

monotype on off-white wove Arches paper


Edition

1/1


Dimensions

16.5 x 24.6 cm platemark; 32.8 x 44.3 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r., pencil "Madonna Staunton". Dated l.l., pencil "'01".


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Australian Prints, Drawings and Watercolours Benefactors' Fund 2019


Location

Not on display


Accession number

48.2019.9


Artist information

Madonna Staunton

Works in the collection

19


Place

Where the work was made
Brisbane