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This was the first time I encountered my work in academia. A teacher wrote to ask if she could share this image with her class. Of course I agreed! She went on to make a webpage about this image, dissecting the symbolism and literary/historical references, and it made me feel 10x the artist I was. 🌙 .
That moment solidified an idea for me: if we create with intention, people might take that art seriously. Not everyone. Maybe not even most people. But some will find the meaning and value in it we intend. Not just monetarily, but personally. I was a 22 year old artist, just starting out, less than a year into creating, but this teacher looked past those things. I had and still have now been passed over many times for my age, skill level, and general air of innocence. But little by little, people started taking chances on taking me seriously. 🌙 .
Sometimes, when I am alone and creating new work, I think about that teacher. I wonder if my new works make her proud. In the end it isn't about fulfilling someone else's standards. But I do, no matter what, want to create provocative works that make people think and feel. The images of mine that go in text books makes me proudest. Art as education? YES. Thank you to anyone who has allowed my work into your world in that capacity. 🌙 "An Unyielding Limb", from my series titled "Sac", 2009
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