Usually when an artist does a self-portrait the viewer sees his face. However, that is not the case in this image. The faucet and hot and cold water knobs could be the artist’s face (eyes and nose) or could be a tongue-in-cheek reference to what is not seen. The seemingly simple image has a sophisticated and elegant compositional balance.
This suite is a continuation of the artist’s fascination with everyday objects found in his studio environment. He moved his studio from Broome Street to Greene Street in the center of the SoHo section of Manhattan in 1969. This suite focuses on scenes and objects in his Greene Street studio. The artist uses color and his sense of humor to make ordinary objects into images that are iconic– so that an ordinary roll of bathroom tissue, a toilet seat, and a toaster oven become something much more than they are in real life.