PoetsArtists Magazine began publishing a series of full color art catalogs in 2015, of collections of artists’ work that, so far, includes paintings by Jeff Bess, paintings by feminist painter Daena Title that examine beauty and Barbie dolls, the cut paper-work portraits of New York based Italian artist Marco Gallotta, and the hyperreal wet faces of Erica Elan Ciganek, portraits and objects by Stephen Wright, and the nude portrait paintings of Victoria Selbach.
Didi Menendez, publishing editor at PoetsArtists Magazine has written a short piece for us titled Connecting With an Art Collector that contains her insights on why art collector really need these catalogs to help them understand the work of any artist.
Artists can submit their art for consideration on the PoetsArtists Magazine site here .
Connecting with an Art Collector
I realize artists want their work to speak for itself but I feel it is necessary to educate potential buyers as to why you create even if it is a simple answer as to say “This is a fish. This is a truck. This is a chair…” If there is no story behind your artwork that is fine too. Just say that. Some collectors just need to know that “the fish” is simply a painting of a fish but others want to know more. It may be important even necessary for them to understand if “the fish” took months to paint because the artist is a hyperrealist and wanted to show every speckle society and pollution has left on “the fish” and that this particular artist of “the fish” went to such and such a school to learn this technique and studied with so and so. I think the buyers I am addressing want to know this information. I don’t think they really care if the artist used the best linen, canvas, oil paints and brush. They just need to feel a connection. Whether it is love at first sight or not.
I want to offer you my thoughts on my own recent artwork which is those thread paintings you may have seen me post on Facebook. It occurred to me to try out sewing a painting on canvas because I had seen it done before and I thought I could do it too. When I sew I can’t help but think of my mother. She worked at various factories when I was growing up until my sister and I left High School and found jobs to support ourselves. I also think about how her sewing kept our family from totally falling apart because my father was insane. Lately I have started to collaborate with another artist whom sent me a piece of an artwork she had slashed and I have been sewing it together to make it whole again. I call it the Hyphen series.
Didi Menendez PoetsArtists Magazine
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