Late 1970s Domestic Life Photos

I purchased the Pentax K-1000 with money I earned waitressing while living in San Francisco during the first years after completing college in 1974. I enjoyed walking around The Mission photographing the neighborhood, but my personal environment became more of a subject.

Linda Street apartment kitchen...I was ironing this cloth to set the design I had painted using masking tape to create simple geometric patterns that reflected the new wave sensibility blossoming at that time (think TALKING HEADS 77). I sewed these fabrics into pull-over blouses and kimono-style robes for my friends.

I moved to NYC summer of 1979 and found this apartment on East 6th Street, where I spent many hours sitting at the window (facing southeast) watching the action on the street below...frequently drinking beer and smoking....watching for friends who would call up my name to throw down the front door key.

The hankies and buttons belonged to my grandmother, Doris. She and my grandfather sold their home when she moved into a nursing home soon after I moved to New York. I inherited a nice collection of vintage domesic items that turn up in my home and art.


Early 1980s Still Life Photos

Dolls in shop window in Amsterdam

Depression Lunch

Colored Eggs

1982 Public Image Gallery

This tiny gallery on the lower east side held theme shows every month or so. I submitted pieces to a few of them. This show's theme was DEATH.

10 x 8 inches, gouache on paper


1983 Early Paintings - Sign & Symbol

Charlie Mendoza gave me a large roll of rag paper that he found in the trash. I got a lot of mileage out of that paper, as I created about twenty oil pastel drawings and acrylic paintings.

Words (40 x 42 inches)

Mortal (50 x 44 inches)

Future (40 x 442 inches)

Future (40 x 42 inches)


1983 All Fools Show

All Fools Show was a large group event that took place on several floors of a warehouse in Brooklyn. My rooftop installation was painted with housepaint...each side of the structure was about 10 x 8 feet.



1984 New Directions

I attempted to work in a larger scale by combining two canvases. Revelation was shown at the January 1984 exhibition, Revelations, at Middle Collegiate Church on East 7th Street. It was a large group show with a big, loud opening. I ran into my college painting teacher there. Ten years out of college, that moment felt like some kind of milestone.

Revelation (canvas, 84 x 48 inches)

By the end of the year, I began experimenting with assemblage and collage.

Mendoza's Music (paper, 62 x 37 includes)