Friday, May 1, 2015

Tablet - Pig Human



I knocked out this small piece a few weeks ago. It's an extension of the idea of reverse anthropomorphism expressed in my other pig work. I wasn't sure about how to mount it or really about IT in general but when I placed it on this wooden tablet my BFAM Andrew made, I felt it became quite resolved. There's a connection between selfishness and modern devices that I'm sure isn't too impenetrably expressed in this work.

So I submitted it to the Deakin Uni Small Sculpture Award in Victoria and though it was always a bit of a speculator, I'd genuinely started to believe it would be accepted. Then of course it wasn't. So I suppose I'm a bit disappointed, though I'm sure I don't have any real reason to have expected anything at all. Rejection is an inevitable and recurring occurrence in this game, Particularly in the early stages, which is where I'm at. 

I read somewhere, one artists approach to being judged, "Any selection process is more about where the selector's AT as an artist, curator, critic, judge, than it is about what YOU are doing as an artist. Don't accept rejection as a negative indictment of your work. It just wasn't right for that person at that time in that place where THEY'RE at."

Slightly self delusional maybe but it works in both directions. If your work is occasionally praised, it may be that the praise is more about where the admirer's at as an artist, curator, critic, judge, than it is about what you are doing as an artist.

What's the moral of the story? Keep on working, keep on submitting work to competitions, keep on having ideas and keep on making stuff. But most of all, keep on doing what feels right to you.

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