Scrapbook cover. Negative #: 2001.0316
Transcript: GOD IS LOVE
GOD BLESS AMERICA
By Michelle D. Guyton
Source: Gift of Michelle D. Guyton
Michelle Guyton, an artist and poet from Mobile, Alabama, created this interpretive scrapbook reflecting on the events around September 11, 2001. Context:
Scrapbooks, as a format, both construct and preserve memories. This one is a powerful personal expression that includes objects and original poetry, along with pictures and newspaper clippings. The unique arrangement builds from the intensity of the attacks and rescue operations to a reflective and contemplative conclusion.
The choice of format, reusing an old account book, conveys the layered nature of history—the present overlaid on the past. Michelle Guyton felt compelled to make the scrapbook as a record of the terrible events of September 11. The scrapbook ends on a note of hopeful optimism for the human race, and it is a testament to her belief in the power of the human spirit over time.