I Won't Extinguish Myself...
"I Won't Extinguish Myself to Make You Love Me,"
unstretched canvas, 3 walkmen (persons),
underpants and bra, 122 x 36 in., 1995

I won't extinguish myself to make you approve me
love me love yourself
I can't airbrush your soul
I can't turn down the volume of your pain
I can't turn down the volume of my pain
Excessive ways compensate for spiritual atrophy
Don't extinguish yourself
Don't extinguish me
My 'Walkperson' is my first line of defense
I tune in to tune out
I feel like I have to make myself into a machine to survive
no one escapes suffering

- Excerpts from text written on the canvas