Pacita moved to New York for what was supposed to be a short stay on her way to Bangladesh. However, the trip got delayed and Pacita found a six month studio sublet on the bulletin board at the Arts Students League. It was tiny and basically had room for a table and a mattress on the floor, but it did have a wall on which to staple her canvas.
The beauty of the studio was its location right next to the infamous Chelsea Hotel and a subway station, which made for a convenient commute to school. However, Pacita found the return home with her wet canvases a bit of a challenge during rush hours, and more than one Wall Street banker inadvertently received a splash of color.