TO VALLEN'S PUNK PORTRAITS
Acrylic on paper 22" x 30"
created this painting of Germs bassist Lorna Doom, based
upon sketches I did of the band as it performed at the Hong
Kong Café in downtown Los Angeles. As with a small number
of my paintings from that period, I was aiming at a minimalist
approach more akin to poster art. I incorporated the band's
blue circle logo into a background motif.
soft-spoken Lorna possessed a street tough persona that
became iconic to young female punks searching for assertive
role models. Doom's attractiveness was entirely self-defined,
her guise a rejection of mainstream society's packaging
of the perfect feminine look and role.
1977, actress Farrah
Fawcett was the epitome of marketed femininity with
her tousled mane, fashionable clothes and perfect figure,
whereas Lorna Doom, with her shorn and spiky locks, black
leather jacket and status as the most hardcore of rockers
- offered a counterbalance in the extreme. Hers was a severity
I fell headlong in love with, and my painting of Doom was
meant as an homage to all the women in punk.