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July 24, 2013 / mrsdeboots

No, I’m not watching Dirty Dancing

I feel like:

1.I’m too crafty for art people.
2.I’m too arty for craft people.
3. My art isn’t taken seriously because I am not sad, bitter, angry, depressed, opinionated, or _________ (fill in this blank)
4. Arty people think I have no technical skill or vision.
5. No one takes me seriously because I make art about puns and song lyrics and Ace Ventura references (I haven’t made this thing yet)
6. Because I have no ‘art training’ past advanced art 4 & 5 in high school, a class which was made for me and like 2 other people, I am not able to function properly as one.
7. My art is seen as un-legit.

Here’s the thing.

My art is TOO legit. It’s too legit to quit.

Hardy har har har.

Maybe I’ve read too much, trying to read all this gobblety gook about artist statements and portfolios and press kits etc had caused me to feel all..blerg.

At my RAW show, a bazillion people took pictures of my art. I sold a decent amount of stuff and felt like I definitely had an audience.

So now I have to look past all the questioning and self doubt I have and try and pursue what I want. I can get discouraged because some local tattoo place can’t even have the common courtesy to email me back, or that I can’t apply to the resident artist program at artspace because I don’t have one person that is a professional artist to write a recommendation letter for me, much less five.

This time, I’m not getting discouraged.

I will talk to myself like I would talk to a friend, instead of like an enemy.

I will continue to try and write this ridiculous artist statement, and try not to be sarcastic or overly flowery or dramatically annoying.

And I will continue to refuse to force myself to take myself too seriously. My art comes from my internal organs. Plain and simple. I see it with my eyeballs, I arrange it with my hands, and my brain lets the two work in unison until my heart is pleased.


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