As I neared the sure completion of The Art of Giving, the big give away of the artists books, I found myself anxiously asking, "Now What?"
Enter, stage left, a can of wiggling worms: What to do with all the newer, bulkier work!!!
That big "Now What?" is why I enrolled in the Creative Capital course and the Praxis course...trying to figure out the next steps for the works on susanhenselprojects!
Sales, of course, would be lovely. But a lot of my work seems to stubbornly resist commodification. How do you place an installation? Certainly, after its initial showing or set of showings, the parts can be dispersed. Ophelia and (Her)Suit can be broken apart. In fact, they were designed to be dispersed piecemeal. But they need to tell their stories a bit more before that happens.
Much dithering still ensues. However, I have concluded that a new approach to exhibition and a new approach to financing the artwork must be developed.
While considering my response to the results of The Art of Giving and the results of my course work, I am reading a fairly amazing book: The Art of Asking: How I stopped Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer. I had watched her TED talk a week or so ago and was captivated.
I am contemplating several techniques of fundraising: general ( a support tab on the website), project specific to complete (Her)Suit and a larger scale studio equipment upgrade campaign.
There! I've said it!
It is so hard to contemplate, much less ask for help!
The message of the Art of Asking is timely. I am hesitant to ask for donations/help. The TED talk and the book address this fear. It is intriguing. It bears thinking about. I am pondering this.