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Susan Oakes, digital images

Artists have always been a mirror of the cultures in which they live, and through their work, they express society's pain, yearnings and triumphs. As we try to come to grips with the unspeakable horror of the terrorists attacks of September Eleventh, these original illustrations reflect the outpouring of grief, loss and the ultimate strength and resilience of our nation. These images had their beginnings in personal angst (I'm an artist and that's one of the requirements). After the shock and horror of the events of Sept. 11. 2001, they were fleshed out in my consciousness and seemingly took on a life of their own. They are the visual expression of my own feelings to this tragedy and I believe they serve to express what we've all been feeling for the past few months as we come to the reality that our world has changed forever.

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