The Tragedy: Frank Slide by Helen Andersen. 1986. Image 17″x20″, airbrushed gouache on Arches paper
In 1903, the small mining town of Frank was crushed by a huge rockfall that killed 70 people out of the population of 600.
Why did Helen choose this subject? As far as I know, she never visited the site. It happened many years before she was born. And why does her picture look so “un-tragic”. The delicate hues and soft forms seem completely at odds with the story. Perhaps there will be clues in her writings and journals, but for now, the painting remains a bit of a mystery.