Monday, July 6, 2009


Image size: 12" x 15" approx.
Media: woodcut
Paper: rice

I am bringing out this print, AGAINST THE CURRENT, interpreting the difficult time the 106th Mayor of New York City, David Dinkins, had in governing from 1990 to 1993. This well meaning Mayor did what he had to do, but at the temporary cost of a kindlier and greener city. Various cultural group oppositions couldn't wait to spoil his long term good intentions.

As the first and only African American to hold the office (the only democrat to this day), he defeated Edward I. Koch in 1989. It was uphill work all the way, until Rudolph W. Giuliani, a republican, defeated him after his fourth term in office.

Dinkin's popularity declined as he was forced to overcome a $1.8 billion budget deficit when he entered office. Soon, however, the city had a $200 million dollar surplus but, by all accounts, his term was marked by polarizing events. Instead of achieving his pledge to heal the racial diversity, a "gorgeous mosaic" mix of people, with kindlier approaches than his predecessor (and crime actually declined in the last 36 months of his term), he failed because he was seen to be too weak and indecisive for the job. I hold my breath for President Obama. Yes, he can do it!

I think I was reading THE MYTH OF SISYPHUS by Albert Camus at the time!


  1. Your woodcut prints are so fascinating, Margaret. A person can "see" so much in them.

    I was watching Hannah and Her Sisters last night. A rather more genteel glimpse of NYC.

  2. Not an easy one for a foreigner! But I get the impression of someone falling from grace. When I have time I must delve into this, including the book title you mention.

  3. I remember Dinkins' term of office but I was living in Alaska at the time and really wasn't paying that much attention. I will have to take a second look.

    I love this woodcut, there is so much chaos and confusion. Very beautiful.