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Deborah Rock's Katrina paintingsKatrina’s Magnificent, Terrible Beauty

“My personal connection with Hurricane Katrina was the launching point for my [senior art project],” writes Deborah Rock, a newly graduated art major whose family’s Metairie, La., home was flooded to the top of its first floor during the 2005 storm. “Oil paint is used in my series because I feel that America’s media has desensitized people regarding Katrina with photographs and video.

“I invite all to see this disaster in a new light,” she writes. “I want to give a viewer a feeling of awe and confusion over the magnificent, terrible beauty of the storm. Limiting my palette to near monochromatic evokes the sense of eeriness of this storm.”

Rock’s Katrina paintings were honored by being displayed during the summer at the professional gallery Conner Contemporary Art in Washington, D.C.


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