II. Conceptual Art, 1969 - 78
I began as a painter, but soon converted to conceptual art, an art form that emphasized an “idea” and often incorporated photographs, words and performance. One of the best things about living on Bowery was that it was only a short walk to Soho, the new gallery district. In 1977 I began to hang out at the Fine Arts Building in Tribeca just south of Soho. Here my work was included in exhibitions that launched a new type of conceptual art concerned with politics, gender and other real-life issues.
My brand of conceptual art was interactive and involved getting people to write and draw. Over time my work became more collaborative and I formed partnerships with others like the Dutch photographer and art therapist Bettie Ringma, with whom I worked for close to eight years.