A personality can be defined as inconsistent in a novel; if his portrayed nature is to be flighty, spasmatic
, or impulsive, we are aesthetically comfortable with expecting the unexpected from him.
As he told Lebensztejn, "when I'm feeling more, what shall we say, hysterical, I tend to work with images and rhythms that are more emotional and psychological." These included works on paper from the early '80s such as 1981's Spasmatic
Pain 1 (Boulder Community Hospital), a disquieting abstract drawing whose acid colors complement an intense scrawl that mimics both illegible script and the output of some medical monitoring device attached to a manic patient.