Vulnerability goes hand in hand with being artist. It is uncomfortable, scary and it has a flip side. Can you guess what that is? I believe allowing oneself to be vulnerable results in courage, self-confidence and even growth opportunities. Just typing that out feels very, very vulnerable.
One way I open myself to being vulnerable is applying to calls for entry, especially calls I consider long shots. Why? Because my work will either be accepted or just as likely not included in the opportunity I am applying for. It feels like a rejection and because it is my art I am putting out there, it can feel soul crushing. The reality is more art is received for the type of calls I apply to than can possibly fit in the exhibit space. In fact, it is not unusual for 70% of the art submitted to the call to fall into the not included category. The vast majority of that art is just as good as the included. In other words I am in good company. Still I can feel bereft.
But wait! What’s that? I do receive positive reinforcement from putting myself out there. In fact, I have been accepted into two different exhibitions this month, both will open in January. What particularly excites, and leaves me feeling vulnerable, is both exhibitions are art and not fiber or quilt exhibitions. So, I am putting myself out there with, gulp, other artists. If that isn’t scary enough, the artists accepted into Arts North International – 2023 were asked to create a brief artist statement video. We are to introduce ourselves, say where we live and speak about our practice and/or piece in the exhibition. Talk about vulnerable. This is only my second attempt at creating a video. Clearly it will be a steep learning curve. My What’s Happening page has more about the exhibitions if you are curious.
I continue to make slow steady progress on finishing my 2022 Rainbow Scrap Challenge quilt. The quilting is done. I’m nearly finished with the binding. Just have one more side and a bit to hand stitch to the back side. After that, I’ll add a hanging sleeve and label. Then it will be time for Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2023.
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