|London 1995-1997- 28″x36″- Mixed Medium- This piece was based on the London Underground Map overlaid on an aerial map of the city. The red meandering line represents the Thames River that snakes through the city. Pieces of the map were broken off and scattered in the outskirts along with splattered paint to represent the colorful chaos that is London.
First penny- 1996- A transition year. Most of us have had plenty of these throughout our lives, and I am no exception. This one entailed graduating from college, getting married, moving to London, finding a flat, and landing a job. Whew! It’s hard to choose just one memory from that era, but I’ll try!
Back before I had finally found that job, I used to ride the Underground and explore the different Boroughs of London. On this day, I was in Camden- an area in North London with many open-air markets specializing in alternative fashion and art. It was a great place to people-watch!
I had just spotted a funky jacket and had decided to purchase it, but first needed to visit a bank machine. As I was about to withdraw my money, a Hispanic woman approached me. In a panic and with broken English she told me, “Is gon eat your card! It happen to me. Is gon eat your card!” As a gullible 22 year old, I believed her and thanked her profusely for the warning. Then I proceeded into the bank to retrieve my card caught in the machine. Lo and behold, there was no card. I was scammed!
That woman had been working with a partner. While one distracted, the other stole the pin # and card. I felt hurt and betrayed that someone could pull the wool over my eyes that easily. I was also terrified for the funds in that account- now in the hands of strangers to do as they pleased.
In the end, we were able to block the card but not before they got away with 600 pounds. (About $800) An expensive lesson!