www.mauihealingartist.com www.artforhealers.comA MOST UNUSUAL REJECTION LETTER
I'm not certain how you ended up at the email contact for our "sister" galleries in California, but in any case it was just forwarded to me here at the Hana Coast Gallery.
As you suggested, I spent not merely "a few moments" but quite a bit of time clicking my way through your web site. It's damned good work, but not at all our cupp'a tea.
I've no doubt that you keep hearing that refrain from art dealers. It is the kind of art that is virtually impossible to "sell", except for venues that specialize in "spiritual-oriented art" (what ever THAT is).
Some of us deal in
"cultural" art, but most are trying to sell stuff that is primarily
"decorative" in nature. Your art doesn't fit in with either of those
areas very comfortably, much to your credit.
What each viewer sees is
a VERY personal artistic
interpretation of the reality you are presenting . . . and therein lies
I say that simply
because your work demands to be appreciated within the context of
language that can flesh-out the metaphors you are using. Oh sure, I
realize that the medium is the message. And the images will indeed
"speak" to the
But you aren't creating
pretty little landscapes whose colors blend well with the drapes. You
have developed a brand new kind of art, one that is reflective of the
healing work that you've been called upon to do.
|That's both a blessing
and a curse. But then, too, you've already
discovered that. In the art world, anything that doesn't fit neatly
into an art
"ism" slot is considered to be outside the mainstream. Your work is
anything but mainstream, wouldn't you agree?
Unfortunately, with the rents and overheads in today's art marketplace, galleries such as ours can't take that leap of faith that "outsider" art requires in terms of both artist nurturing and sales representation. What you are probably hearing from the art gallery community is that your work doesn't fit comfortably within the "standard" mix. As an artist who is pioneering a new dimension in photography, that should be music to your ears.
I'm not at all sure that what I've tried to say is helpful, but it is honest and forthright. That's the most any of us can hope for, right? So just keep on keeping on, and the best of good things for you and yours.
Me ke aloha pumehana,
Hana Coast Gallery