Artist's Statements About Individual Works

In Her Place (from the “NO –elle” series, on-going)

Archival pigment print of computer-set typography, on Hahnemühle cotton rag • 28 x 17 • 2004. Printer: Silicon Gallery Fine Arts, Philadelphia

With a background in traditional drawing and printmaking, I thought that the computer art that I produced (for my own pleasure and sanity) while working in commercial art for thirty years did not qualify as “art” — until 1999 when I saw Barbara Kruger’s powerful work. I stopped trashing my pieces (both literally and figuratively) and began to enter juried shows. My greatest satisfaction lies in getting the message out: Why specify sex when gender is irrelevant? Routinely attaching to job titles suffixes which have nothing to do with job performance (and which, in fact, relate only to gender) serves only to (1) imply that the root word is somehow inherently male, and (2) insure that sexist attitudes and unfair treatment will persist. As Ewald B. Nyquist (New York state commissioner of education) said in 1975, “Equality is not when a female Einstein gets promoted to assistant professor; equality is when a female schlemiel moves ahead as fast as a male schlemiel.”