There is always an element of risk when it comes to laying it all out there. This is one of the many beauties and one of the many challenges of being an artist. Everything you have put your all into is completely out there, on display, fully exposed, like raw flesh, for anyone to tear into, misinterpret and dislike. This vulnerability is what I love about art. It really is a window into another being. It is such an honour to be able to glimpse through this portal, to see what moves others forward. A peek at their raw moments and unobstructed visions.
I know we have all experienced the rejection that comes with this exposure. I strive to carry on doing what drives me forward; but each one still takes its toll and has its' recovery time. I used to memorialize my many grant rejections. Pinning them up on my wall as a reminder. Keep going. I've had shows in the past that weren't received as well as I had hoped. Moving forward. I've been denied entry into shows I wanted to be a part of. Moving past it. I've heard all the negative comments. Moving on! It's the positive feedback and my love for the process that keeps me producing. I really don't know where I would be without this gift. I know how truly rare it is to have something so clearly laid out for you. There's really no questioning it. No denying it. This is it.
Risk it seems is essential for growth! So I continue to push myself to move past my level of comfort. I'd say the more you take risks, the easier it gets; but that does not seem to be true for me. It's still just as difficult today as it was 15 years ago when I chose this vocation. But it never is dull!
So let's take lots of risks fellow artists!
And to the viewers, please be mindful, as you have our hearts in your hands. ♥