Portrait Of Bettie Ringma, c. 1975

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Bettie Ringma eating cereal, 1975
Bettie Ringma taking a bath, 1975
Bettie Ringma cooking, 1975
Bettie Ringma riding a bicycle, 1975
Bettie Ringma writing to her lawyer, 1975
Bettie Ringma sitting in Marc's chair, 1975
Bettie Ringma talking to her parents on the phone, 1975
Bettie Ringma typing her paper on facmily art therapy, 1975
Bettie Ringma under the covers in bed, 1975

I first met Bettie Ringma on the National Mall in Washington D.C. when I was having people participate in one of my conceptual art projects. Bettie had recently separated from her husband, a diplomat from Holland, and was studying art therapy at George Washington University. My participatory art rooted in the exploration of people and their lives meshed perfectly with all her interests. We quickly became friends and soon began working together as partners in the creation of new art projects. With Bettie adding her knowledge of art and psychology, her photography skills, and her winning social ways to the conceptual base that I had initially developed, things moved quickly. It was the beginning of a fertile eight year period that would lead us in many new creative directions.