Arts and Crafts: The Upside of Rejection
March 2013

Rejection is often hard to take in the art community, but there is a silver lining. This month, we'll hear from Carolyn Edlund of about what you can gain from rejection.

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The Upside of Rejection
by Carolyn Edlund, founder of Artsy Shark

An artist recently expressed her frustration at being turned down over and over again for a solo show of her work. She had submitted proposals to university and public galleries, and arts organizations with gallery space for more than a year.

Her sculptures were a series of vaguely grotesque organic-looking fleshy pods, and other pieces that looked like body parts or aliens. Asked what was unique about them, she cited a technique she had invented to work with foam rubber, which was her material.

She had previously been in a highly successful group show that toured the country. Her sculptures in that show were female nudes which made a provocative statement on sexuality.

What happened here?

The artist failed to realize that her work in the successful show related to a highly charged topic, and one that would appeal to many gallery visitors, while her current work doesn't connect with people emotionally. Nobody really cares about her foam rubber technique, and the shapeless forms of her work are more perplexing than interesting.

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