Shots of each painting to be added
ABOVE Larger-than-life Paintings Oil on canvas 1989-90
Whitney Museum of American Art ISP Exhibition, May, 1990
These paintings were symbolic.
I play the piano
, not the drums. I have
never been a wild girl, and I am not into sado-masochism. These larger-than-life paintings symbolized me overcoming childhood trauma and bigotry: There was violent abuse from women and girls
in my childhood. Women abuse and sexually molest children far more than is officially reported or prosecuted. Old-fashioned feminism is partly to blame for this neglect of the facts, in pushing the false concept that men are always the attackers.
Fortunately, I had Strong Male Nuturers: I received
a great deal of love and nurturing from my
Grandfather and Father, while, at the same time,
they were Confident Men,
ahead of their time. They led by example. They encouraged self-reliance.
My Dad, alone, travelled to New York, to see my Whitney Program Show.
He was impressed, and looked forward to seeing more. My Father did not confuse
these paintings with my real life.
But then, my Dad was not a moron — or crazy — or a petty hater.
My talented, open-minded Father passed away,
recently. I was so blessed every day of
my life that he raised and nurtured me,
without ever directing or spoiling me.