Final Portraits

Final Portrait Series

1983 - 1993

This decade-long series addressed issues related to death, identity, and the plight of several socially disenfranchised groups.

The earliest work in the series called attention to the fact that one's identity in life is synonymous with one's profession. As the series evolved other themes emerged. Among those additional themes were death as a journey, transience, and immortality. Throughout the years the emphasis shifted from the death of specific individuals to the problems facing social groups.

Wordplay, though not always readily apparent, played an integral role in the creative process. The seminal phrase for the series was "body of work," or corpus.

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