We're full time artists (one writer, one painter) and we live under one roof. She has her studio, downstairs in a specially constructed work space attached to a former garage. And I have mine, upstairs in a sort of redwood tower on the opposite side of the house. She respects my space, I respect hers. We have lunch together sometimes, dinner together always, but when she's working I leave her alone and she leaves me alone. But she's a good critic (the built-in "shit detector" sort of thing) and when a poem or something I'm working on reaches a certain stage, I read it aloud and get her feedback. And she asks for and listens to what I say about her work, though I'm not a painter.
For want of a better term, she describes herself as an abstract expressionist. She works with acrylics on paper and canvas. But she's also a fine sculptor and made her reputation in the 1970s combining images screenprinted on cloth and vacuum formed plastic. This work culminated in Gloria's signature piece, The Jaded Princess, a modern day replica (using electronic circuit boards) of the second century B.C.E. Chinese Princess Tou Wan jade burial suit.
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