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Le blog de l’artiste peintre franco-américaine Gwenn Seemel. Les articles sont en anglais et en français, et souvent ils sont bilingues.

You make a difference.

2017 . 05 . 17 - Comments / Commentaires (8)

It all came down to one person. When they were gone, so was the support. And without that, there couldn’t be art—or at least not my art.

The story began last summer, when two libraries in Ocean County, New Jersey, asked to show my work. The first was thrilled to exhibit my art until I sent them the description for the show, Crime Against Nature. Through stonewalling and other unsettling behavior, my contact there communicated to me that art which teaches viewers about the fact that, in nature, females and males don’t always follow traditional gender roles was not acceptable at a public library around here.

Given the unpleasant series of interactions I had with the first library, I was very direct with the second one, prepared for the worst and unwilling to be treated rudely again. Happily, my contact there returned the favor, negotiating with me about what the show should look like. The whole exchange was appropriate and professional, a model of precisely what an artist needs in order to feel good about displaying art.



Gwenn Seemel art

poster from Crime Against Nature

Unfortunately, now that it’s time to actually exhibit the work, my contact at the second library has moved on to another position. Their replacement was behaving a lot like the person at the first library—doing the whole “not answering” thing—as I tried to nail down show logistics. I don’t feel good about displaying my art with someone like that. I cancelled the exhibit.

One person makes the difference.


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(8) Comments / Commentaires: You make a difference.

-- Linda Ursin -- 2017 . 05 . 17 --

I’m sorry that happened. There will always be people like that. They just shouldn’t be in a position to make decisions. People need to hear about these facts. So many don’t know.

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 05 . 17 --

@Linda: Agreed. I’m floored by how much damage one person can do…and by how much good they can do as well!

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-- Linda Ursin -- 2017 . 05 . 17 --

@Gwenn Me too. I’d like to think that the number of people doing good is growing

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-- Pat -- 2017 . 05 . 17 --

I am sorry to hear these libraries chose censorship over education. The series excels at examining the diversityof gender relationships in nature. It’s sad that an art series based on science would be deemed to controversial for the library patrons. Sad but not surprising.

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-- Gala Gauthier -- 2017 . 05 . 17 --

I am sorry you have to deal with our Matrix that we live in..
What I love about you is your corky fun loving dolphin, dancing flamingo, shark back-up girl that you are.. 
You are braking the glass ceiling that all women have to face ..
You are the “8 card”,  Strength,  showing “us” how to open the lions mouth with out hurting him ...
Someone said that about me one time.
I thought it was huge burden to carry…  The woman laughed at me,  and said ” You don’t know how to be anything else but what you are.  So own it… smile
Frida Kahlo ,  she just owned it too smile

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 05 . 18 --

@Pat: To some extent, I get why they did what they did. It may not be their politics; they just didn’t want the hassle that comes from being an “out” liberal who ares about facts/science/education in a conservative area. It makes me more appreciative of the person who was willing to stand up for facts/science/education!

@Gala: It’s true! I like not knowing how to be anything else than what I am. smile

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-- CheyAnne Sexton -- 2017 . 05 . 18 --

That is a bummer.  why are some people so close minded?  so sorry but your zebra info is good to know and your painting is fabulous,
peace,
CheyAnne

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 05 . 19 --

@CheyAnne: Thank you!

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