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Description of a Struggle

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Description of a Struggle 1982-1983

Living 15 years in New York, I longed to escape the legacy of abstract expressionism. Description of a Struggle was my first series of narrative paintings. Painting in oils, I eliminated the brush stroke and formatted the canvases to mimic polaroid snap shots, complete with a white border on which I scribbled anecdotes to 'narrate' the image. The series tells a love story structured after the short story of the same name by Franz Kafka. I identified 3 characters: hero, heroine & rival.