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Rollerina
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This is a recent private commission. For the past five years or so I’ve been making collages featuring scenes of people in New York City. My Wahington Square Park was published in The New Yorker. I look at this work as part of that series even though the other were created with sketches from contemporary NYC life and this one is from photographs.
 In May 1979 I moved from the bucolic village of Orefield, Pennsylvania to Greenwich Village. In summer, Christopher Street was a non-stop street party from Seventh Avenue down to the river. My first apartment (compartment---it was an SRO—no kitchen, shared bathroom) was right around the corner at Tenth and Hudson. One of the fixtures of that Christopher Street scene, at least in my memory, was Rollerina. She would roller skate up and down the crowded sidewalks and tap people on the head with her wand and say some magic word that I’ve long since forgotten. As some of you may remember, roller skating and disco were all the rage back then. Rumor had it that Rollerina was a stockbroker by day. I don’t know if that was true or not. Maybe someone reading this has more, accurate information.


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