This linocut is part of Ke Francis‘ “Tornado Series”.
“Early in the 1980s I began work on a body of work based on interviews of tornado victims. I was commissioned to build a sculpture for the North Mississippi Medical Center and as part of that project I was to build a time capsule and produce a book on the history of the medical center. Tupelo’s first hospital was destroyed by a tornado in 1936 and the interviews for the book included a series of enthralling tornado stories. People claimed to have been turned around in their pants, chickens lost their feathers, cast-iron wash pots were turned inside out. I recorded stories, photographed improvised tornado shelters, and built sculptures, produced paintings, prints and drawings from the outrageous narratives.”