An oldie from the 60’s

I majored in painting and sculpture at the University of Cincinnati. Recently found this tombstone that I made; it used to have the epitaph “she dug it” on one of those bottom panels. I was a Louise Nevelson copycat and spent a lot of time in the room with the lathes and table saws. I’ve also always wondered why in my time girls took home economics and boys got to do industrial arts. (My high school also had only one girls sports team: bowling. That was before Title 9 and was really deeply unfair!)

A closeup of one of the rocks. I’m going to try this as a painting.

Random page from sketchbook. I’ll post some more of the swoopy paintings later when they are done.

Have a great day everyone. Nina.

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16 responses to “An oldie from the 60’s”

  1. Frank Hubeny says :

    Very colorful tombstone. I like the rising green like a plant on each side.


  2. kiddlescarol says :

    Awesome! How did you like UC and Cincinnati, my hometown?


  3. msjadeli says :

    The tombstone is iconic and wonderful. Very cool for you to take a trip down memory lane with your artwork, Nina. It is funny how, in high school, the girls had to take home-ec and boys the wood and metal shops. Teaching us girls how to cook for our men and how to sew aprons. :::GAG::: I also hated the suggestion that the boys who took wood and metal shops were somehow less than those who took “college-bound” classes.


  4. memadtwo says :

    I remember the wood shop at UC too. I used to have a wooden Swiss cheese i made. I wonder if its still packed away in storage or got discarded during some move. But your tombstone is great.
    I remember in high school during Caroline’s time they got rid of the shop classes and put in more computer labs. People were really angry. They never had home ec, but the shop classes were popular with both sexes. They had more than enough computers.(K)


    • memadtwo says :

      Stuyvesant HS in Caroline’s time was infinitely more sophisticated than Eastside HS in Paterson in the 60’s. Did Caroline take shop classes? She must have that skill in her genetics. N.


  5. Claudia McGill says :

    I am afraid of power tools(I have a bad record with cutting tools of all types, oh dear , say my fingers) and I like sewing. I did wonder how it would be to take auto shop in high school. No chance of that in the 1970s.


  6. davisbrotherlylove says :

    Hey Nina, your tombstone effort is so full of life!


  7. robertawrites235681907 says :

    I really like the swoopy painting, Nina. This discrimination against girls has changed. Boys get to learn home economics now and girls get a chance at industrial arts.


  8. D. Wallace Peach says :

    What a cool project to make your own tombstone! That appeals to me. It’s so colorful, Nina. I love that.


  9. kestrelart says :

    The last painting has an urban geology feel to it.


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