Swan feather, hand knit silver thread, 35 pairs of paper hands
I am working on a NYFA grant application. I am struggling with the selection of 8 images that best represent a specific body of work, my category being multi-disciplinary. I want to submit my handmade project, I am wrestling with this application and keep changing my image choices. I find this to be one of the most difficult aspects of "getting the work out there", tirelessly submitting images of completed work in a limited context that rarely receives feedback beyond a yes or no. I often know the work is good, but how to express a varied body in 8 cohesive images without being redundant or too varied? I think I could easily do this for another artist, I could be their critical eye, but to be one's own? When your wrapped up in the meaning of your work & personal significance it gets cloudy. Each of these applications consumes a good amount of energy and time, yet it feels as much a gamble of chance as winning the lottery. Maybe the answer is spending the $1 on the lottery and the days in the studio?