work on paper, 1990


conte on paper, 18 x 12 inches

I did this series of "roots" drawings, trying to work as traditionally as possible, in or near the kitsch zone. A younger snottier artist visited my studio and blanched. What's wrong with them? I asked. "Everything," he said, but the most I could get out of him was that if you were going to do anything that looked like charcoal you needed "Donald Sultan-like tasty smears."