Works on Paper Projects Exhibitions About Archive

The Accident

Time Outside Without Extension

One for the Other

Dream Day

We Belong to this Band - Phase 1

We Belong to this Band - Phase 2

We Belong to this Band - Phase 3

Four Chapters in the Present We Were

Historia

Love Stories, Part 3
(co-pilots and trajectories)

All in Good Company, All in Good Time

Visions of a Quasi-Expatriate

Love Stories, Part 2
(adjustable couplings)

Dis- Ease

Operation Pandemic Joy

The Dilemma Game

Handle Like Eggs

Merry Folly (all fall down)

Problem Plays

Harlot's Progress

(p)alms

Love Stories, Part 1

O Joy!

Problem Play #1 (Stephen Hawking)
Monotype - woodcut, collagraph, digital printing and collage on paper
41'' x 29''
2001


Problem Play #2 (Karen Carpenter)
Monotype - woodcut, collagraph, digital printing, and collage on paper
41'' x 29''
2001


Problem Play #3 (Amy Fisher)
Monotype - lithography, drypoint, relief, and collagraph on paper
41'' x 29''
2001


Problem Play #4 (Muhammad Ali)
Monotype - woodcut and collagraph on paper
41'' x 29''
2001


Problem Play #5 (Jim Baker)
Monotype - lithography, collagraph, etching, woodcut, and collage on paper
41'' x 29''
2001


Problem Play #6 (Jackson Pollock)
Monotype - collagraph, relief, lithography, digital printing, and collage on paper
41'' x 29''
2001


Problem Play #7 (Patty Hearst)
Monotype - woodcut, collagraph, digital printing, and collage on paper
41'' x 29''
2001


Problem Play #8 (Hillary Clinton)
Monotype - woodcut, collagraph, relief, digital printing, and collage on paper
41'' x 29''
2002


Problem Play #9 (Harvey Milk)
Monotype - woodcut, collagraph, lithography on paper
41'' x 29''
2002


Problem Play #11 (Ronald Reagan)
Monotype - woodcut, collagraph, digital collage on paper
41'' x 29''
2002


Problem Play #12 (Hugh Hefner)
Monotype - woodcut, collagraph, digital collage, lithography on paper
41'' x 29''
2003


2001-2003

Problem Plays is a series of mixed-technique monotypes that straddle the line between portraiture, cultural biography, and social satire. They are like the Cliff Notes for a Greek tragedy using humor and affliction to reflect, perhaps even diagnose, the human condition.

The term "problem plays" defines a type of dramatic play in which the salient features concern the protagonist's downfall - brought about by some contemporary social problem, and their character's ambiguous qualities - they are almost equally heroic and pitiable.

In my series of prints, the tragic flaw of each character may be cultural or biological, but whatever it is, it causes them to lose power. I feel empathy for these people. Exposing and exploiting their flaws in good humor is a way of celebrating our simpatico.

The prints in the Problem Plays series combine woodcut, lithography, collagraph, collage, and digital printing and are approximately 40" x 30."