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April Gornik

Storm and Fires
charcoal and pastel
47 1/8 x 38 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the friends of Philip Desind

Clouds and smoke swirl across the paper, drawing us into the ominous power and sense of mystery inherent in Storm and Fires. The drawing expresses the thrill Gornik finds in the path of an approaching storm. She has remarked of similar works, "I love imminent storms—the charge in the air is incredibly exciting just before a storm erupts."