hi. Remember one year ago when I posted all these resin boxes I was working on? Well, one year later someone I knew in my art co-op just decided to do the SAME EXACT THING. Brilliant idea! I wonder where she got it from?
Being an artist is being vulnerable. It's hard to do. In my opinion, when one artist shares their ideas and accomplishments it is sacred and respectable. Call me old fashioned but if you like someone else's artwork you can say to yourself "Hm. This work inspires me. This work is respectable, intriguing, admirable and I'd like my own work to go in this direction. I will use this as inspiration to influence my art, being careful not to outright make the same fucking thing." For fucks sake, make it better if you can! But don't steal from your peers!
It reminds me, and this is my own shit, how small and incapable I am. How insecure I am. Maybe that's the problem? I don't give my work the respect it deserves? I don't believe in myself and maybe people can read that about me. Maybe they just think, "Well, she doesn't really matter, so I'll just take advantage of the fact that she cannot, on her own, propel herself into any kind of success." Is that the case? Is this my fault? Isn't there a code of conduct?
I feel hurt. I feel betrayed. I feel very, very sad.
Channeling positive energy in this situation has proven to be difficult. I want to adore people, I do. I want to encourage people to pursue and explore all that moves them, I do. But I can't find it. How do you find it when your work has been so blatantly stolen by someone who knew you?
Welcome. Here is where we can hang out casually. I can show you new work, talk about my process, blah, blah, blah. You can can say nice things!