Sex Worker Art Exhibit Curator:

Jane Cassell

"After Hours Joint"

I make narrative, autobiographic paintings, am working on a graphic novel
and create assemblages. For the past 10 years, I have shown my paintings in
galleries in the Midwest, New Mexico and the Bay Area. I moved to San
Francisco after being asked by my fellow artists to remove my work during an
erotic art show. They complained that my work was too "aggressive" and
"vulgar", and suspected I had "problems with sexuality."

In 1998 I co-founded a non-profit social services agency in Ohio called
Sexline Information. We were a grass-roots, volunteer organization, and ran
our free hotline offering callers sex-positive, accurate information
concerning all aspects of sexuality out of my home from 1999 to 2002.
Sexline's other programs included a free monthly zine, workshops and a
branch of The Safer Sex Sluts (TM).

I also write, and recently had my first piece accepted for publication. I'm
working on my memoirs. And yes, there are not enough hours in the fucking

I'm a bisexual, middle-aged feminist, ex-street hooker/stripper/welfare
mother/punk rocker/widow, artist, mother and grandmother who believes labels
can give others inspiration. I love the fact that the question "what is sex"
continues to be an important part of my life, and that the answer to that
question is constantly changing! I live with my husband, our 3 cats, and too
many books & velvet paintings in a small apartment in San Francisco.