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.
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??