People in My Life: West Los Angeles, 1997
Wednesday. June 4, 2014.
I have been extremely private about my art work. Today, I decided to break that self-imposed taboo and share some of my past artworks. These are some selected entries in my sketch journal from 1997, the first year we first moved to Los Angeles, California. I was self-conscious about sketching the people I know, so I sketched very quickly to get the sketches over with. Working with a model was easier, since I did not have to reckon with the personal relationship. Here are the quick sketches of people in my life then.
1997. West Los Angeles, California.
Above: Mathematician Ivo Dinov. Blue pencil in sketch journal. West Los Angeles, 1997.
Above: Visitor from Sofiya, Zhenny the pianist.
Nienchtze in mid sentence. Her first Summer in Los Angeles, before she knew she was going to study Quantum Mechanics in graduate school.
Above: Self-portrait, before graduate school. Acrylic in my bound sketch book. I look very much like my father.
Bisser and what I wanted with him, a subconscious, unplanned dyptich in my ubiquitous black bound sketch journal. 1997.
Bisser on the piano in our Granville Apartment in West Los Angeles, 1997.
My black, bound journal travelled with me every where I went. I was very secretive with its contents. Here is an example entry of life in 1997, Los Angeles.
Snippets of life in 1997, West Los Angeles. Ball point pen on paper. Piano in our living room acquired with gambling money. Many Chopin waltzes came out of it that summer. Me harvesting transgenic mouse straited muscle tissues and other organs under a fume hood in Sita Reddy’s Myotonic Dystrophy lab at the Institute of Genetic Medicine. Bisser and my first sighting of an endemic organism of this metropolis: a Hollywood street-walker showing us her wares as we drove by in broad daylight.
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