A little over a week ago I submitted one of three embroideries for an Summer Show. It is an annual event where local artists submit a selection of new work to fit into a required space; each a mini exhibition within a whole event that lasts a week. An artist might choose one piece or several as long as they don’t go over the allotted space. This is fair of course; but a local friendly event where one might hope for fair consideration if needed. As the limits were not entirely clear to me; my work was taller by a few inches; although it fitted into the space; it was not the required size. With reluctance the piece was accepted, but I later learned that the embroidery was shortened (it is easily wound up at the top) as the curator said ‘ this was OK .. because there were only words at the top...’ I remain upset by the action and the motive, as my words were not just words but a poem and a significant part of the piece and certainly valid in the context of the three pieces. Sadly, this might not have happened had the rules not been so tight ... or I had the opportunity to write a proviso to hang beside so the viewers might have some idea about the piece.
So, some lessons learned this week ; as I take down the work; return it to the other two and take them to another venue where they will hang for a few days in all their glory ..
Nelabligh aka Helen Westhrop
... recently retired with time and a wealth of experience; but like a herd of cats, my thoughts and subsequent works of art seem to go in different directions. I will use this blog to record the provenance and the origin of my ideas, while adding colour and texture to finished pieces and work in progress...