My first installation with a post-9/11 war rug took place during the fall of 2011 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM)
. The installation took 6 days, and culminated on September 11, 2011 -- ten years to the day of the terrorist attack.
The pattern is made from a combination of sources -- the towers are from popular media, although the attacks are depicted simultaneously. The US and Afghan flags joined by a brown bird are from US PsyOp propaganda leaflets that were dropped prior to the invasion. The aircraft carrier and missle are also from news photography.
Because this pattern has been woven repeatedly by many different weavers, all of whom are most likely illiterate, the text has disintegrated considerably through repeated iterations.
"Twin Towers- Tribute Rug Carpet-9/11 2001- USA History" was the first post-9/11 war rug I have made in the series. All the earlier installations, which use loose spices to recreate war rug patterns, were based on carpets made in response to the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.
Photos of the installation at the Grand Rapids Art Museum, from Sept 6 - 11, 2011. The War Rug Project was part of Art Prize, on display through October 9, 2011. Three transfer monoprints were pulled to document the artwork.