In July 2002 the
Quequeek mine in Somerset, Pa, suddenly flooded, trapping nine
miners. Americans watched
with bated breath as the rescue effort unfolded. After 72 hours
the miners were miraculously recovered with only minor injuries.
of this event resulted in a sequence of dramatic images.
For me, the images
of flaring miners' lamps negotiating the scarred and blackened
walls of the mine tunnels as the rescue played out were especially
And from these textured images
I created a painting (above) and then in 2004, a series of monoprints (below) further exploring and developing the pictorial variations of the scene.
These monoprints are one of a kind. No two are alike.