Profession: Artist
Age: 79
Location: Berlin, Germany

Your home is so beautiful; these macaroons are delightful; everywhere I look there is either a piece of art or something artfully placed. In a way, my apartment is my kingdom: it’s filled with inspiration and it is a great support. 

You seem to be a citizen of the world, but really you are American originally? I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1933.

And what brought you here? When I gave up a fellowship to study for a doctorate in English Literature at Stanford University in 1958 and married James Upham, a painter, we moved to New York, and in the same year I began painting. We traveled the world together. In 1967, on a trip to Reykjavik, I met the artist Dieter Roth, with whom I began an intense romantic relationship. And in 1976 I received the Berlin Artists’ Grant and moved to Berlin, which has held me, now for one reason, now for another, ever since.

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