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WORKS 2018 

Forms of Protection
From the West Coast Detention Facility, November 2017, where people show up monthly to try and protect through protest those whom our vicious immigration system has hunted and incarcerated behind a well funded façade. That system protects itself by claiming to protect “us.” And across the fence, the protected lands of Point Pinole Regional Shoreline and coastal restoration project.
Forms of Protection 1
Charcoal, pastel, photo-collage on corrugated cardboard

*Arguments for Tenderness 1
Charcoal on Strathmore 400 paper
​18 x 22"
*After Susan Griffin, "Arguments for Tenderness"
Remarkable as Raindrops 1
Charcoal, trace paper, aluminum foil on Strathmore 400 paper
​18 x 24"

Remarkable as Raindrops 2
Charcoal, trace paper on Strathmore 400 paper
​18 x 24"

Trees and Trash 1
Charcoal on Strathmore 400 paper
​18 x 24"

Trees and Trash 2
Charcoal on Strathmore 400 paper
​18 x 24"

Trees and Trash 3
Charcoal on Strathmore 400 paper
​18 x 24"

Trees and Trash 4
Ball point pen and ink wash on Lennox 100 paper

Trees and Trash 5
Ball point pen and ink wash on Lennox 100 paper

Trees and Trash 6
Ball point pen and wash on Lennox 100 paper

Trees and Trash 5
Ball point pen and wash on Lennox 100 paper

Elephant in the Bone
Ink and trace paper on corrugated cardboard


Hip-Transmission
Ball point pen, ink wash, pastel on Lennox 100 paper


JOINTS, STRUCTURE, FRAGILITY, SUPPORT 

I’ve taken my skeleton for granted all my life. Once it faltered, and moving from one place to another became a daily calculus, I found myself exploring in the studio the question “how much is enough”? 

Joints: Midnight Bedroom
Ballpoint pen, mixed papers, aluminum foil on chipboard


Joints - Speed Limit
Ballpoint pen, sketch paper, aluminum foil on chipboard


Joints
Mixed papers, aluminum foil on chipboard


Elephant in the Bone (text-drawing project in progress)

In August 2017, my left arthritic hip declined precipitously. Within weeks, I realized that I would soon not be able to walk without aid. Arthritis afflicts over twenty seven million people per year and is the leading cause of disability world wide (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3753584/). 
But, until then, I had regarded it as little more than an annoying condition with the same impact on the quality of my life as dry skin or dentures. Most of all, I imagined that dealing with it would take place in a distant future when I’d be ready to relax into what we euphemistically call graceful aging. Faced with my new condition at age 54, these fantasies dissipated with terrifying speed.
HIP SURGERY - RECOVERY
Two weeks -

Recovery Drawing 1
Ballpoint pen and wash on sketch paper
11 x 14 inches
Recovery Drawing 2
Ballpoint pen and wash on sketch paper
11 x 14 inches
Recovery Drawing 3
Ballpoint pen and wash on sketch paper
11 x 14 inches
Four weeks
Recovery Drawing 4 - support system
Charcoal on Strathmore 400 paper
14 x 17 inches
Eight weeks
(Fragility and exposure) Nude Recovering from Surgery 1
Charcoal and photo-collage on Arches watercolor paper
23 x 24 inches
(Fragility and exposure) Nude Recovering from Surgery 2
Charcoal and photo-collage on Arches watercolor paper
23 x 24 inches
Recovery drawing 5 - arguments for tenderness 2
Ballpoint pen and wash on Strathmore 400 paper
11 x 14 inches
work ongoing
Troubling Homeland - a family-nation album
Exhibited in "Home: Making Space for Radical Struggle and Love," Oliver Gallery, California College of Arts.