Tuscaloosa

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    Photo: Stephen Pitkin / Pitkin Studio, 2011
2011
Wood, fabric, tractor parts, shoes, iron skillet, purse, cup, doll, commemorative book, tar paper, quilted blanket, nails, screws, enamel, and spray paint on canvas on wood
72 x 90 x 10 inches

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In 2011, Dial fashioned a series of pieces that document natural disasters. Tuscaloosa is a windswept recollection of the powerful tornado that tore through Alabama just a month earlier.

In 2011, Dial fashioned a series of pieces that document natural disasters. Tuscaloosa is a windswept recollection of the powerful tornado that tore through Alabama just a month earlier. In this chilling blue-gray painting, a collection of innocent, homey objects—a book, frying pan, coffee cup, and doll—are strewn violently across the scene, caught up in a torrent of swirling fabric, broken tree branches, a fractured window frame, and other unsuspecting casualties of the storm. —Joanne Cubbs