Whether it is good or bad art, or whether I like it or not, is really beside the point. The point is whether we should accept work being censored.
"Late in November the Smithsonian’s head, G. Wayne Clough", bowed to pressure from a fringe group and "ordered the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC to ‘remove’ a video by David Wojnarowicz from a museum show called Hide/Seek. "
An organization was pulled together called Art Positive, in response to this kind of censorship.
Please visit here to read their full joint statement.
"Anybody is entitled to criticize an art show but First Amendment principles bar government officials from suppressing controversial viewpoints and imposing the values held by one religious group on society at large. The National Portrait Gallery cannot and should not tailor its programming to promote the views of certain interest groups at the expense of others. Taxpayer funds go to maintain a vibrant and diverse cultural sphere that serves all Americans not just Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberals, Christians or Jews. We may differ on cultural or social issues and argue about these issues - in the press, in public spaces, in galleries and performance spaces, but government officials cannot use financial leverage as a threat to silence those with whom they disagree.”
Yea! finally finished by henna/mehndi style hand embroidery on tea stained linen. I'm really happy with how the design worked out. Sometimes even when I think doodles (or as some call zentangles)in my sketchbook aren't working there is something to be gained from them.
edited to add
I forgot to mention there is one similar for sale at IN A FRAME in town
I say not quite because I'm not using traditional mehndi patterns. More of a mix of zentangle doodling, some mehndi elements, and including good luck motifs :) such as the nazar boncuk in the palm on this one.
I had two in my "stitch gasp" exhibit and one sold before it got on the wall and the other the day of the reception. Since I have fun doing these and my arm is better and I know of two buyers in waiting I thought I would do some more.
Well gotta go and design some new one's.
More Seasonal Decorating
I know what you're going to say;"why does she have a skeleton in her den wearing a Xmas hat." I got her (esqaulita) one christmas and she hangs around all over the place, even in town.Hey, I'm an artist and I can get away with it.