An artist may have burdens the ordinary citizen doesn’t know, but the ordinary citizen has burdens that many artists never even touch.
I had a really happy childhood – my siblings were great, my mother was very fanciful, and I loved to read. But there was always financial strife.
The new artists coming through were very materialistic and Hollywood, not so engaged in communication.
When I was younger, I felt it was my duty to wake people up. I thought poetry was asleep. I thought rock ‘n’ roll was asleep.
In the period where I had to live the life of a citizen – a life where, like everybody else, I did tons of laundry and cleaned toilet bowls, changed hundreds of diapers and nursed children – I learned a lot.
No, my work does not reflect my sexual preferences, it reflects the fact that I feel total freedom as an artist.
Let’s just say that I think any person who aspires, presumes, or feels the calling to be an artist has a built-in sense of duty.
Then I read Little Women, and of course, like a lot of really young girls, I was very taken with Jo – Jo being the writer and the misfit.
I have a daughter who’s 11 years old. Maybe she’ll grow up independent and really really heavy and become a movie star and she’ll play me in my life story.
Somehow I started introducing writing into my drawings, and after a time, the language took over and I started getting very involved with the handwriting and then the look of the handwriting.