Between 1983 and 1990 I was actively working on issues of portraiture.
Following the Vanitas still-life project, I was very interested in what objects could express. The still-life portraits, collaborations between the subjects and me, followed in 1983-1984.
In 1983, as a participant at a summer seminar on portraiture sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, I made collaborative portraits of my colleagues in the seminar who were, most of them --like me-- away from home. They were asked to pick out a setting in New York they found especially resonant, and also to write a personal statement.
Between 1985-90, I continued to produce portraits, mostly of friends and professional colleagues -- trying to create a concept and design a format unique to each individual.
For more, see "Are Portraits Possible?"