ABOUT THE ARTIST
(born August 23, 1956)
Niagara materialized on the scene in the late 70's as front person for the noise band DESTROY ALL MONSTERS. (D.A.M)
While D.A.M was performing on stage at the Second Chance in Ann Arbor, Madonna was waiting on tables. Indeed, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith and Chrissie Hynde borrowed from the Niagara punk prototype. Her presence was described in Rolling Stone as "a cocktail of Valium, Tuinal and Nervine" and Spin wrote her "laissez-faire delivery carries much more punch than a conventional singer." Niagara has said that she started performing so that "people would leave me alone". Her early cover art, done in pen & ink and gouache appear to be self portraits. Her fierce female depictions of femme fatales plumb the depths of trash culture. "It's the men who cry in my paintings," Niagara muses. She later showed "Warholistic" use of colour on her large canvases and actually met Andy Warhol in the late 70's.