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I just made it home from the SNAG conference.
It was (as last year) a fantastic experience thank you all for making it every time so amazing that I flight back home dreaming of the next one!!!
There was only one thing that I cannot stop thinking about since Saturday talk by Cindi Strauss.
I totally understand that in her talk she had to narrow down the number of emerging artists, since it can be pretty wide, BUT it was very sad that she started defying the emerging artist as an
individual who has been out of school for one year or more, and who is
now producing his/her work not under the supervision of a teacher, and she kept
using the word students as a synonym for emerging artist.
What about all the others that are trying to emerge but they never had the possibility to go to school?
I do understand that SNAG is prevalently academic-centric (this was my sad realization of last year conference) but still I would love to see non-academic artists acknowledged too.
Now, you may ask me why writing here rather than ask the speaker directly?
Well there are a various number of answers for this question, the first being I tried to approach her but the queue of people was very long (everybody was so enthusiastic and wanted to congratulate her for bringing up
so many ‘new’ names, I guess!).
Second, this issue is very very dear to me (can you tell?!) and I may come into view as a bit aggressive, while what I really like is to have a clear explanation, a sincere and open confrontation.
Third, I wanted to rethink this over a little bit and try to see if there was something I may have got wrong.
And this is also why I’m posting this here, to hear from you, your comments, impressions or ideas.
Ah and before opening the discussion and since I’m exposing myself here I want to add one more thought (I need to do this quickly because I know I’ll regret this the moment the post will be up and public!): let’s pretend
for a sec that the not-academic emerging artists were excluded from the
discussion for time constrains, why didn’t I see mentioned in the talk the ‘one
year out of school students’ that in the past year (or so) have been very prolific if as the speaker said
the jewelry world absorbs artists very quickly?! Why I saw the work of artists
(whose work I love and I highly respect) who are not only out of school since
many years but have began their carrier as teachers, which in my eyes means
they are now totally integrated in the artistic community and therefore already
emerged in a very successful way!!
Please now convince me that I misunderstand the talk!