Gas Can Series
"Always sympathetic to the plight of victims everywhere, Norgaard's idea for these tapestries came in 1993 when fighting in Somalia was raging at the same time that the war in Bosnia escalated. She began collecting old gas cans and when she ran out of used ones, she bought some new ones. Using strips she cut from the cans, Norgaard wove frames of the metal so that the printed messages were visible. Then she wove 22 small tapestries that show the faces of victims. Each face is wounded or contorted or grieving. One is the body of a black woman in a blue dress lying like a rag doll on a bloody patch of ground."
—Ann Katzenbach, Port Townsend Leader, Feb. 16, 1994