"Maria 2017"

2017, Frederick, MD.

Stoneware sculpture 13" x 9" x 7.5" 

Two weeks after hurricane Irma left 1.5 million Puerto Ricans without power, hurricane Maria, a category 4 hurricane, slammed ashore at sunrise on the 20th of September, 2017. It raked across the island with with high winds and torrential rain. It is regarded as the deadliest storm of the hyperactive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. 

On September 16, 2017, while hurricane Maria was still a tropical storm, increasing in intensity and taking aim at Puerto Rico, I was In Frederick (1,600 miles to the north) pulling clay from the bag for what would become "Maria 2017". 

 

As the storm bore down on the island, I worked listening to the weather report, and warnings from the authorities. I thought of the people in the path of that powerful storm, who were waiting and hoping, getting ready. I finished "Marie 2017" the morning the hurricane made landfall. 

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