The crowd surprises me; I thought perhaps this would be a quiet little viewing. Not the case, bright lights and velvet ropes. My agent met us at the door to move me though the crowd. “What did you do to those paintings… no matter, whatever – people love them but please WARN me.. .I have to know what to talk about… well doll… you are a star… welcome to your new world… be fabulous!”
I see what he means almost at once… painting 1. “Jesus is Condemed to Death ..The sins of the Father” Has been slashed with the glove. The same holds true for painting number 3 “Jesus Falls for the First time… My Broken Heart”. The cuts look fantastic but I know they are a warning. The room is transfixed with the images… people stare at the paintings with fierce interest. I see friends and celebrities everywhere… sipping wine, chatting. Across the room I see Mark and we agree by eye contact to meet in the corner. He is with Cher! What a thrill for me.
Most people are carrying a copy of Vogue and many want me to sign it… it really hurts to sign my new name but I do. I meet Mark and CHER… she was very kind, said she loved the paintings and then slipped away. Mark and I were alone and the room seemed to go quiet. We talked about Vogue, the movie, his changing life, my changing life and then he said it “I think we are connected in some strange way… I feel as if I know you, I am sorry for all your pain… do you understand me? Do you feel the same?” I simply nodded my head and wept. Mark said “I have to go but I will call you from LA, paint me next!”
My agent said he needed me to sign in the office… so I went to sign the paperwork for the paintings sold. In the quiet of the office as I sat at the desk signing away my rights to the paintings… my world blew apart one more time… all the paintings have sold and I have request for more… but painting number three… that is what stopped me cold and I began to weep in earnest… the painting had been purchased with the caveat that I am present for the hanging at Princeton University. It was purchased by Lisa Weber-Thomas. I froze, it is true… Lisa is alive!