I've not submitted to Quilt National, so I haven't had to wait potentially two years to post a picture of my work -- though from the sounds in the blog-o-sphere, a vast number of artists start working on their submissions in the few months preceding the deadline, so they're not waiting that long either. But in any event, you know those are the rules when you consider entering a piece to QN, so I haven't had much sympathy for the situation.... until now.
I recently completed a piece I think is one of the strongest I've ever made. I made it for the on-line group, Crossing the Line: Artists at Work (CLAW) which Karen Musgrave is spearheading. For our first group exhibition, we each made an artwork inspired by a woman (someone without a lot of name recognition) we felt had made a mark in history. I chose Margaret Bourke-White, a pioneer in photography and the first US female war correspondent in WWII, the first female staff photographer for Life Magazine, and a champion for the poor and underprivileged through her images. I want to share what I've created, get feedback, see if it strikes a chord with anone else as it has for me..... but I can't. Karen has asked that we not post full images of our artwork until the first exhibition has been booked.
I respect and agree with her point of view. But for what I believe may be the first time in my experience, I'm disappointed I have to wait. I have something to say and I want to start a dialogue using my art... but I can't right now.
This is much harder than I thought it would be.
So I have to change my perspective on the Quilt National rule and Karey and Karen's requests: I respect the rules, will honor the rules, but have to admit that I wish it could be different.
|Detail of "Behind the Barbed Wire"|
Inspired by Margaret Bourke-White's 1945 images from the liberation of Buchenwald concentration camp