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Monday, April 6, 2015

E IS FOR ETHNIC

E is for ethnic.  There was a time when an arts organization rejected my application for some art related endeavor.  I called asking for feedback.  Some of the criticism was technical and could be easily remedied.  

One of my latest Afro Jazz Portraits, "Wrapped to the Heavens," featuring too much ethnicity for some.

There was one thing that I could not and would not fix though.  The person on the other end of the phone told me that my work needed to appeal to a "broader audience."  The euphemism was loud and clear.  In other words, my Afro Jazz was too "ethnic."  My Afro Jazz only appealed to a small portion of the population according to this individual and they were looking for something else.  That particular individual mentioned something to the effect of not being able to see my work on a large public scale because it simply would not appeal to the masses.

That criticism left me embittered for about 24 hours.  The nerve!  I was pissed.  I calmed down and decided that I could not change the art that was made directly from the depths of my creative soul.  If it was too blacktoo ethnic, or too much, that was too bad.  I can only engage in authentic creations.  My artwork looks like me so I guess I too am just too much for some people.  I am totally fine with that [insert hair flip here]!   

Ethnic art is for everyone!

I've written about the role of gatekeepers in a previous post.  The level of gatekeeping when it comes to which artists/artwork are awarded large contracts should definitely be reevaluated.  It can be the difference between who moves from emerging to established artist in this world.  Bottomline, there is plenty of room on the planet for "ethnic" art, okay?! 

Ethnic art can be enjoyed by everyone.



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