Lynne Rutzky After 9/11: Pen and Ink Drawings

January 18, 2008 – February 23, 2008

Artist Statement

After 9/11: Drawings is series of pen and ink drawings I made in response to events on and following 9/11, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the pervasive media coverage.For many American’s the 9/11 homeland attacks were the first time they felt unsafe and vulnerable to random violence and hatred. The drawings are made in response–as are treat into one of the simplest activities in life-allowing forgotten childish fears to emerge, grow and change. I start each drawing with random dots and then allow images to form by connecting them, facilitating the arrival of a cast of characters from my subconscious: animals sharing my home, their toys, warriors, archaic vehicles, women in burkahs, patterns, and cells and microbes. From grotesque to whimsical, today’s harsh reality mixes with playful fantasy making the drawings a continuing meditation on my life.”

Artist Bio

Lynne Rutzky was born in Chicago, Illinois and lives and works in Houston, Texas. She received her BS degree in Bacteriology from theUniversity of Wisconsin and her MS and Ph.D. degrees in Medical Microbiology from the University of Illinois Medical Center-Chicago. While she was a faculty member at the University of Texas MedicalSchool,Lynne was an evening student at the Museum of FineArts,Houston Glassell School of Art(Certificate expected in 2008).Convergence of herbiomedical research background and the animals sharing her home and their toys form the basis of many of her drawings. Lynne has participated in several local group shows, including The Big Show (2006) and Intersections, on view at the Jung Center January 4-30, 2008. After 9/11: Pen and Ink Drawings is her first solo exhibition.