Its been a long week already, and its only Tuesday, so much for a long and restful weekend… I got my rejection letter, nicely worded of course, from Beyond-In this weekend, so that means my work has been roundly rejected by every curator in the upstate area this year. Which leaves me in a place many of you I imagine have been in, of wondering whether I should just pack it all in. I am so tired right now, juggling my teaching and working at the print shop and of course the whole domestic goddess thing, that its hard to find time to even get into the studio, and after that kind of critical response its hard to motivate myself to even bother. Which is a shame, because suddenly my work has started selling, and the general reaction to both my shows was really positive. I know that both regional shows I entered had hundreds of entries, and that the judgement of curators shouldn’t even really matter all that much, (even though for the most part I like the quality of their work and teh exhibits they produce) and in reality I am not likely to stop making art, I don’t think I actually could abandon all my ladies and their stories, but still it does make one pause. My work for the faculty show has ground to a halt, there just aren’t enough hours in the day and I have to admit that I am seriously considering not showing anything this year. It seems that life in the studio is just such an emotional rollercoaster right now! Well nothing is getting accomplished by sitting here bellyaching, so once more into the breech etc, bills to pay and students to teach…
Thank you Jennifer for lending me your card reader so I could enter the Beyond/ In show… you are a fabulous woman, and thanks to jafabrit for posting this link about the sketchbook project. My brain is complete mush, everything brings me to tears, so thank you Leslie & Sheree for noticing my new work. I always loved this part of the Tailor of Gloucester when the tailor says he is worn to a raveling and tonight I know exactly what he means. So go to my teaching blog and check out my drawing students’ work… all anyone is getting out of me tonight is laundry and dishes!!
I have actually managed to get some work done today, and when I went to the Beyond/In website to submit my pitifully unprepared entry I discovered they have extended the deadline to the end of the month! I can’t even tell you how happy that makes me… now I can submit a less pitiful entry…yes!! The universe is a wonderful place!
Spent a lot of time with art friends looking at art this weekend, went to an opening for Sean Huntington at the Patterson Gallery in Westfield on Friday night, then spent all day Saturday in the metropolis (buffalo) checking out the Beyond/In show before it is gone. Some things I really liked; Kara Davings at Buffalo Art Studio, just incredible underwater life painted on collaged rubbish bags, (sounds strange but they were incredible!) An amazing light installation at the Albright Knox, wow… just blew my mind, so simple, so powerful, so beautiful, too much to list right now, byt expect them to be mentioned in the next few days!!