Friday, April 13, 2012
Florida Morning 1975
After I graduated from college, I got a job working at the Tamarind Institute of Lithography, where I was the curator of prints for four years. One of the perks of the job was that we were able to do prints with the new printer-fellows--kind of taking them out for a test drive before they were turned loose on the artists. I was thrilled to be able to work with a printer, and decided to use a cotton boll I 'd brought back from Florida as the subject matter, drawing directly from it onto the lithographic stone. I don't think I thought about the sexual nature of the image until after it was done, but it was certainly there. But more than that, the print had a dark, brooding, quality that captured my memories of that Florida trip and spoke directly to the lonely little girl that I was at the time.