This was one of my jobs – removing asbestos from the ceiling of the Baker Library at Dartmouth College. On the walls of the library was a great mural, The Epic of American Civilization, by José Celemente Orozco. In homage to Orozco, I copied a portion of his mural into my painting, making sure to add Orozco’s name at the bottom of the mural.
These are four jobs I worked at over a time-span of several years — coffee bean shop, bookstore, ice cream parlor, and drugstore — and they all happened to be a couple of blocks from each other. I consider this my “post-modern” painting. The distances in time and space are conflated into a single surface.
Her body is too big for the cubicle she’s expected to work in, and her feet are too big for the shoes she’s expected to wear. She’s a vibrant person doing her best to endure a sterile working environment.