2013-10-18 / Community

Students Create Powerful Images Of Sandy


“Natural Disaster Can Change Your Life” by Rachel Carson High School student, artist and Rockaway resident Vanessa Ramirez. “Natural Disaster Can Change Your Life” by Rachel Carson High School student, artist and Rockaway resident Vanessa Ramirez. “I think they are very powerful,” says Rachel Carson High School art teacher Caryn Kreitzer, about the vibrant collage works her students have created.

The title of one work by student Vanessa Ramirez, a Rockaway resident, seems to sum up their collective experiences. It is called “Natural Disaster Can Change Your Life.”

“Since so many of our students are from Rockaway and have been through the devastation of Hurricane Sandy,” Kreitzer said, “many of them expressed in their collages the power that nature can have over man.”

The artists, Vanessa Ramirez, Elizabeth Sacks, also from Rockaway; Eliana Williams, Jack Snadou, Ruqash Karim and Juwanni Lilley of Brooklyn, express the storm and its aftermath with compiled images of water, fire, chaos, wild dogs howling and shifting patterns of destruction.


Fire, chaos and flood, as depicted by Rockaway artist and student Elizabeth Sacks. Fire, chaos and flood, as depicted by Rockaway artist and student Elizabeth Sacks. The Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies is located at 521 West Avenue in Coney Island. As a part of the New York City public school system, it maintains partnerships with the New York Aquarium, the Brooklyn Center for Environmental Studies and other institutions.



Juwanni Lilley Juwanni Lilley

Eliana Williams Eliana Williams

Jack Snadou Jack Snadou

The work of Ruqash Karim, shown here, and other Rachel Carson HS students express nature’s wild side through the art of collage. The work of Ruqash Karim, shown here, and other Rachel Carson HS students express nature’s wild side through the art of collage.

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