“Tornado Series: Cover A.P.” by Ke Francis
Framed to 31″x27″ inches, water colored etching. Email the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional images of the piece in the frame or other questions concerning the series or the work of Ke Francis.
Part of the “Tornado Series”. Ke says, “Early in the 1980s I began work on a body of work based on interviews of tornado victims. I was commissioned to build a sculpture for the North Mississippi Medical Center and as part of that project I was to build a time capsule and produce a book on the history of the medical center. Tupelo’s first hospital was destroyed by a tornado in 1936 and the interviews for the book included a series of enthralling tornado stories. People claimed to have been turned around in their pants, chickens lost their feathers, cast-iron wash pots were turned inside out. I recorded stories, photographed improvised tornado shelters, and built sculptures, produced paintings, prints and drawings from the outrageous narratives.