Leena Nevalainen-Smiths Soulful Silence exhibit at Loganberry Annex Gallery caps off four years of work inspired by September 11. The Finnish-born artist was riding in a Manhattan subway when the first plane hit the World Trade Center in 2001. Leaving the train, Nevalainen-Smith heard fighter jets roaring above and saw bystanders making shirts into makeshift bandages for the wounded. Walking uptown and looking back, I saw the north tower still in flames, she says. I think my art grew more serious that day.
The 24-piece exhibit includes woodcuts, relief prints, and engravings about New York that were created after Nevalainen-Smith moved to Shaker Heights in 2002. Some of the pieces are somber and evocative, she says. Some are lighter, even joyous. These things have been on my mind for a long time. The front page of The New York Times also serves as motivation: Poverty, racism, and war are also reflected in her artwork. I am always stunned by the sad pictures, she says. You cant escape the suffering.
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