Lesson #4 Brick Lane Gallery or What I Learned About Setting Up A Show in the UK

4. Why Are There Rabbits in My Artwork?

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The math alone is dizzying. Since 2009 I have drawn something, a fashion figure, celebrity fan art, doodled something almost everyday. I have my favorites and can get overwhelmed easily when asked to make a choice. How do you hone down 7 years of digital work? As I lost sleep over which pieces to choose I began to ask myself why, if I'd known that this day was surely going to arrive, I'd not prepared something in advance? Like a folder filled with my favorites, best examples of rendering or maybe even a piece that followers "liked" a lot? Seriously I wondered if there were actually rabbits in my dreams?

When I expressed this feeling to my son he calmly replied that the choice was mine because I'd been invited, not the other way 'round. He then said that I needed to get used to it because all artists have difficulty choosing unless the work has been purposefully created for a specific show. Lightbulbs flashing, I took that gem of advice to heart. Freedom. No matter what I couldn't be wrong. So what would I do if I wasn't scared to choose something unexpected? Something that shows where my focus really lies?  

Over the past 7 years I have found an increasing amount of imagery featuring women of color. However diversity is sorely lacking when the catwalk of some designers showcases an "esthetic" that women who look very different from me. When I was in college I never noticed that my very large portfolio contained an absence of Black women or just women of color. Back then Antonio Lopez drew Pat Cleveland and Grace Jones. My (online) portfolio no longer leather and extremely heavy showcases women whose skin is blue black and albinism is beautiful to me. My final choices became obvious then the rabbits moved over a bit to accommodate me.

The name of the series is: The Hashtag #melanin

Lesson #4 - Take a risk. This lesson certainly doesn't mean that you should be careless about what you're doing but focuses on caring LESS about what people think of you and more of what you think of yourself and your work. 

Final Lesson? What Did I Choose?

Have you missed the last three installments? 

Lesson #1

Lesson #2

Lesson #3

the hashtag #melanin - Giannina (in progress)

the hashtag #melanin - Giannina (in progress)