Living in New York City during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and watching the twin towers of the World Trade Center crumble, profoundly altered Alexandra Martin’s work and life. “I live in constant readiness for another attack,” she says. “I now see things as fragments of their former selves. In fact, I haven’t made anything since then that isn’t broken in some way.” Martin had already been exposed to the negative consequences of war through her husband, a Vietnam veteran, who lived with post-traumatic stress for the rest of his life. “My husband’s suffering reinforced my view of people coming back from the war no longer whole, but rather in fragments of their former selves,” she says.