I haven’t been posting to my blog anymore because the internet has hurt my feelings, and I’ve been rethinking whether I want this kind of exposure.

At the end of August I uploaded the image of one of my newest strip abstract collages to DailyPaintworks.com, my e-commerce gallery host.   For $12.95/month they house my digital images, provide the means for online payment, and send out daily email messages to subscribers containing thumbnails and links to each artist’s gallery.

"Becoming," 18x24, paper collage on wood artists panel

“Becoming,” 18×24, paper collage on wood artists panel

Here’s the brief description I entered for this image:  “From beauty pageant to fashion model, the little girl in this collage is truly becoming.”

The day this image was supposed to be sent out in their mass emailing, I received a system-generated message from Daily Paintworks saying that the image had instead been hidden (from both their email blast and my gallery) because it didn’t meet their standards OR it had been deemed inappropriate.  Trust me:  it can’t be nudity they object to–I have seen more explicit genitalia on their website than I care to see, but I’ve never complained.  So what’s wrong with my artwork that they feel it’s beneath their standards?

Right now the original of this is hanging at ART Station in Stone Mountain, GA, as part of their fall member juried exhibition.  No one in the Bible Belt has complained about it . . . why would a web-hosting site in Oregon care??


7 thoughts on “Hidden

  1. Susan

    Of course, I knew that was the point. Maybe if you resubmit it w/out mentioning the child. Something like “Becoming…a woman”. I don’t know! Remember art is subjective so don’t let it get you down! I love it!

  2. David Marine

    This is David, the owner of DailyPaintworks.com (DPW). I just happened to run across your blog post, Cynthia, and after reading it, I see that I owe you a big apology.

    Your collage that was hidden is not, due to nudity or any other reason, in non-compliance with our posting policy. It was just before August that I had hired someone to take over the job of reviewing the new art posted to DPW each day and, in hindsight, due to me reading this post, I can see your work was hidden in error. Unfortunately, I hadn’t made it clear in either our posting policy or to my employee that collages from photos or other images were perfectly acceptable and welcome on DPW. Please forgive me for this mistake. Also, please feel free to unhide this collage in DPW, if you haven’t already.

    Also feel free to contact me at any time, with any question or concern, by clicking the “Support” tab on the left-hand side of our website. I am always happy to help and will reply promptly.

    Take care,
    – David

    1. cynthiafrigon Post author

      Thank you, David, for correcting this. Prior to this, I had been happy with everything DailyPaintworks.com offered. Going forward, I hope you can clarify the policy on what kind of artwork may not be accepted. You know what fragile egos some of us artists have!


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