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“In the post-storm work, there is this sense of nature taking back the objects that I’ve collected,” Gauld said.

O’Neal is still rebuilding his studio but simultaneously readying his psychedelic-like watercolors, which he compares to Andy Warhol’s abstract oxidation paintings, for a solo exhibition in March at Mixed Greens gallery in Chelsea.

“Prior to the storm I was experimenting with working in abstraction, but was questioning my motives,” O’Neal said. “Sandy gave me the opportunity to take the leap.”