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So I'm back from the workshop. The teacher, Pat Hickman, was marvelous, and the materials were fascinating. As I said, we had an evaluation session at the end and some of my pieces got very positive comments.

Then I came home and unpacked them in the kitchen (it's not like I have a studio) and they looked, well, rather tawdry. Foolish. Childish. The materials themselves aren't impressive, not stone or polished metal, and the pieces aren't impressive in size or in particularly complex construction. It became "look what I made at summer camp" as I saw them through other eyes, through others' eyes. Not art. Certainly not Art.

This morning, I took photos and was able to get back some of the same perspective as at the workshop. But it's not easy. Vase, or faces? Fashionable lady, or blowsy old crone? Put it on a white pedestal in a gallery, and it's art. Put it on a worn placemat on a kitchen table, and what is it then?


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Jun. 10th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I've been there, so I understand. When I pulled out the story I was going to read from at WisCon and read it for the first time in months, I cringed. And this piece was already sold! Needless to say, I begged the editor to let me do a rewrite.
Jun. 11th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
I need a better vocabulary. I don't speak the language well enough, how can I be sure how childish my phrasing is? She showed slides at the beginning of each day: this artist, that artist, and people nodded in recognition, but not me.

*cough* Anyhow, that's how I feel. So I trust the evaluation, but not my own eyes. :-P

For you, girl, cop-out! Read as it was written and bought, or else do the reading from a new work! Unless, I'm not clear, unless it had been bought but not yet published? And they let you do the rewrite before anything came out? That's fair, and astonishingly so.

Edited at 2010-06-11 02:15 am (UTC)
Jun. 11th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
The latter. It was bought, and then the publisher started pushing the pub date out farther and farther. Since it's still nowhere in sight, the editor kindly let me do a rewrite. I just handed it in tonight. Hopefully, he agrees that it's an improvement.
Jun. 11th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
*nodnod* Because that would be difficult, if he wants to keep the version you're now dissatisfied with.
Jun. 11th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
If he does, then that's his right, and I'll deal with it. The main thing I'm worried about is that it was already over the soft word limit by a decent amount, and now it's even longer.
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