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When I stopped teaching History, I had 3 ring binders crammed with student hand-outs and lessons.


Without much thought, I began assembling some of the more intriguing papers into grids and painting over them in thin acrylic washes so you could see the text underneath.


Then I began painting faces on top, using bits of tissue paper for lines and shading.


While these first faces were  imaginary, later ones were portraits of friends, “Stuart” and “John” and of my two grandmothers.


The grandmother portraits are now at the Schlesinger Library at Harvard University. 


The large faces were part of an installation at Leverett House during the Harvard Class of ‘68 50th reunion.

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