Saturday, July 05, 2008

Lose some, Win some

7 Extinction Events ©2006, 7 x 7 x 3 inches. Cover: copper. Pages: Arches watercolor paper, collage, acrylics.

I received a rejection letter earlier this week from the California State Fair Fine Art Competition. I submitted Dream Focusing Device and Tooth Icon. I have won prizes there before, and for some reason felt confident that I would get something in. But jurying is so subjective and there are many unknowns. I do wish they would give you more of an idea when they send the rejection letter. "We juried millions of really good art works, and just couldn't accept them all" is not much of an explanation. It does make me look again to see if I should have sent something different, if the images were bad, if I didn't fill out the form correctly (that has happened before - don't rush through those forms). Maybe the juror thought "teeth!? - eww, that's gross." And it did make me want to get into the studio and make something so much better than I have ever made before.

Then yesterday my copy of Lark's 500 Handmade Books arrived. I knew they had decided to use a detail shot of 7 Extinction Events. But I was thrilled to see that Steve Miller, the juror, also mentioned it in his introductory essay. "When it comes to the whimsical and playful, Judith Hoffman's "7 Extinction Events" brings the house down. A book that pops out of a dinosaur is simply too exciting not to be included in this collection. . . " (p.7) I am so delighted.


... said...

Judith, wow your works are fantastic!
I love it so so much <3
I wanna can do it;D

greetings from Poland:)

ainesse said...

I am glad to see that your work was included in the 500 artists book publication by Lark books. I had thought when I saw the original notice that "Oh I must send something in for that" ......this is a phrase i often utter upon seeing something that appeals to me. However I seem to remember that then I didnt get round to it because that was the time my leg dropped off ( my metaphor for my killer leg nerve attack!!) HHee Hee ...only now can I laugh about it.

Anyway well done.