Tuesday, September 26, 2006

after Robert Mapplethorpe

Back in 1994, I did this pencil drawing after a silver print of a self portrait by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Say what you will about him, but when my sister Vinca asked me about my painting heroes I didn't include him, because he was a photographer. However, as a creator of art, I admire him. Anyone can enjoy his florals, but I love the controversy he sparked with other creations. Yes, he pushed boundaries. Yes, he pushed peoples' buttons. I think that's what art should do.

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