chapter  7
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The Art of Accompaniment

After that, I felt that AIDS was the only thing I could or even wanted to paint about. I am sure that some of my motivation arose out of my involvement with the activist group, ACT-UP (from 1989 to 1992). Apart from going to meetings, participating in demonstrations, helping to organize benefit art auctions and so on, ACT-UP gave back to me an invaluable sense of the fighting spirit. I was not prepared simply to lie down and let the disease roll over me. It is this fighting spirit that has enabled me to continue to paint and make work about the AIDS epidemic even today, even in the face of my deteriorated immune system.