In the past 30 years Carrie E. Pate has been in over 40 exhibitions combined of solo and group shows. Pate earned a BFA from Miami University, as well as an MFA and DAAP from University of Cincinnati. Permanent public work includes the Earthwork ‘Sacred Embrace’ located in Dayton, Ohio. She presented at the Society of Ecological Restoration’s International Conference in San Francisco, California as an Earthwork Artist. She continues to educate herself on various new art techniques by studying with mentors at various venues, most notably in 2003 with Arthur Gonzalez.
This piece pays homage to the Women who died in the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire where 123 Italian and Jewish immigrant women perished. These deaths inspired the rise of Unions where even prior to the inferno these women were brutally beaten while peacefully protesting their inhumane workplace conditions. During the tragic fire on March 25, 1911 many of the women jumped to their death through the windows to escape the pain of being burned alive. The exit doors were routinely locked during work hours.