4 – Commitment to success
I’m ready for commitment to an idea that is complicated, which is no surprise if you know my artwork. It doesn’t scare me to think that I will be working on this for a really long time. If I have an idea that I think is worthy, if I really believe in it, I will devote my efforts to bringing that vision into reality. Recognition and financial reward are real feel-good things, but not as entirely satisfying as when I mark my own “success” with communicating my idea exactly as I wanted.
“Point of Entry” is a really successful piece, despite it’s lack of acceptances into shows. It is a welcome mat made like a bed of nails and it perfectly expresses my feelings about the current state of United States immigration. It was a time-sucking endeavor, and not a pleasant process – spray paint and flooring nails are definitely not my artistic medium. It’s heavy to ship to shows, and it doesn’t exactly sparkle in photos (it is, after all, just a floor mat). But I love that I made exactly what I envisioned.