As I mentioned before, it was a juried show, which is always such a crap shoot. I know quite a few women that were not juried in and their work is FANTASTIC. So why didn’t they make it in?
One has to wonder. It is a question I have had to ask myself when I didn’t get in a show. Was it the work? Was it the venue? Was it me? Was it all of the above?
Inquiring minds want to know.
Which is why I have recently starting reading books, blogs, and attending talks and workshops on art marketing. And it has helped me. Not necessarily by getting into a specific show, but by educating me for the long haul. Again, always a good thing.
So I want to share some of my favorites with you. Feel free to pass along your favorites too as I am always open to educational stuff.
My installation with the “I AM” t-shirts dealt with how we perceive ourselves based jointly on our own thoughts and those of other people. Other people can be wrong. Without their input, what would you tell the world about you?
I am a full time studio artist dividing my time between Florida and Minnesota. Jimmy was right; changes in latitudes can cause changes in attitudes. But no matter I where I am on the map, this blog is a way for me to think out loud and connect with you and other wayfaring souls.
This body of work is a continuation of the Dress series, but in this series I am removing the form altogether. Like cast off tattooed bits of skin, these pieces tell the story long after the moment has passed.
From the "Wrappings" series
The conversation continues with this body of work, but instead of using the form of the body as I did in the Dress series, or removing it altogether as I did in the Skins series, I am “wrapping” the skeletal form of the object. It is a very protective and nurturing concept. Wrapping our bodies, wrapping the form and taking care.
The Scarlet Letter (99 Lashes)
For many years I have used the house form as a metaphor for people. That concept evolved to include clothing as an actual house for our bodies. As a snake sheds its skin it leaves behind a record of that event. That is how I see my dresses. They document an idea, a thought, or experience for that moment in time. Each piece is a fresh attempt to see things in a new way, yet remain part of an ongoing dialog. Each is tied to the next and the one before. They are all intrinsically linked together and the conversation continues.