I read an article today about why people might not like your art. One of the points was that it wasn't "in style."
Oh boy. (That's putting it nicely.)
I hate rules. Not the rules that are put in place to protect people, like driving on the correct side of the road. I actually wish there were rules that said you should say "please" and "thank you." Be kind. That would be a nice one for people to adhere to in a day.
What I mean to say is, I hate rules that say you should wear this and not that. You should feel this and not that or at least don't feel it all too deeply. You should live your life this way and not that. You should make this kind of art in order to be fashionable or profitable or to be famous or to stick to one style. Pleeeeease don't tell me how to live my one and only life.
Well, listen. I'd love to sell all my work. I'd love to be famous. But I wouldn't love to curtail what I'm feeling so I make sure that I fit in with the current mindset of society. I mean, what's the point of that? Maybe if you're just aiming for world domination. I guess that might seal it, while you simultaneously feel like a fake or dead inside for not expressing how you really feel.
One of my favorite sayings of "getting on with it" comes from the book and movie of the same name, "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." When the hormone-treatment-taking transvestite, Lady Chablis, says to John Cusack (John Kelso), "It's like my mama always said: 'Two tears in a bucket, mother fuck it.'" (That's not putting it nicely.)
I already know that my style of art is not everyone's cup of tea, and that's o.k. I do hope that some people like it--I even secretly wish someone would love it. But in the grand scheme of things and in the quest of living life with some kind of truthfulness, I hope I like my art most of all.