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Artist Gwenn Seemel’s bilingual blog about art, portraiture, free culture, and feminism.

How to tune out useless comments / Comment ne pas écouter les commentaires inutiles

2017 . 01 . 05 - Comments / Commentaires (2)

Knowing who to listen to is the best thing you can do for your confidence as an artist.

Savoir qui écouter améliora votre confiance en tant qu’artiste.


It was only after this interview with Gabe Flores that I started thinking seriously about the question: “who is your audience for your art?” No matter what is being said about your art and by whom, it’s vital to remember that a person’s comments always say more about them than about what they’re critiquing. Also, just because someone isn’t a part of my audience doesn’t mean that I don’t learn from them, like I talk about in this example.


Ce n’est qu’après cet entretien avec Gabe Flores que j’ai commencé à penser sérieusement à la question: “qui est votre public pour votre art?” Peu importe ce qui est dit sur votre art et par qui, il est essentiel de se rappeler que les commentaires d’un individu révèlent toujours plus sur lui que sur ce qu’il critique. De plus, même si quelqu’un ne fait pas partie de mon public, il peut quand même m’apprendre quelque chose, et j’en parle dans cet article.



a different kind of Superman

Gwenn Seemel
This looks like a job for a chicano! (Mexican-American) / Ça, c’est un job pour un mexicain! (Mexicain-américain)
2008
acrylic on bird’s eye / acrylique sur coton piqué
19 x 25 inches / 48 x 64 centimètres

For more information about my first overtly political series, go here.

Pour en savoir plus sur ma première série d’art qui parle de la politique, allez ici.



before and after puberty

Gwenn Seemel
Before and after: Puberty / Avant et après: La puberté
2006 and / et 2007
acrylic on bird’s eye / acrylique sur coton piqué
30 x 54 inches (combined dimensions) / 76 x 137 centimètres (les deux ensemble)

The series about what it means to be a woman is here, and the one about the true diversity of natural behaviors is here.

La collection qui expose ce que cela signifie “être femme” est ici, et celle qui parle de la vraie diversité des comportements naturels est ici.


This video is a quick introductory to why I think copyright is a problem and this book explains it in greater detail. Some of the images in the vlog come from the book.

Cette vidéo explique pourquoi le copyright pose des problèmes et voici le livre qui en parle plus. Certaines images dans le vidéoblog viennent du livre.


RELATED ARTICLES:
- How to be the perfect artist / Comment être l’artiste parfait
- How to get an honest critique of your art
- Commission work and how to define boundaries


UN PEU SUR LE MÊME SUJET:
- Une critique honnête de votre art
- L’art créé sur commande et comment définir ses limites
- Where religion appears in my art / Où la religion se trouve dans mon art


CATEGORIES: - English - Français - Apple Pie - Business of art - Crime - Feminism - Uncopyright - Video -


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(2) Comments / Commentaires: How to tune out useless comments / Comment ne pas écouter les commentaires inutiles

-- Libby Fife -- 2017 . 01 . 05 --

Gwenn,

Happy New Year to you!

This is a good post, thank you.I have a lot of people in my circle who fall into the first category. They like the more traditional work I have done but not what I do now. And they aren’t shy about saying so! (category #2)

What I am now thinking about is the intersection of categories.And also how you suggested that people who may be part of a larger group that won’t care for your work (you mentioned a conservative church group) that might find your work somehow if they are interested.

It’s hard to shut out the noise at times. Glad that you mentioned that aspect.

Hope you are well. Thanks again.
Libby

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-- Gwenn -- 2017 . 01 . 05 --

@Libby: There is definitely a lot of crossover and it is hard to shut out the noise. In fact, that’s why I made this video. It helped me to organize my thoughts, clarify certain relationships, and decide that it really is okay to ignore certain people. smile

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