Dear artist- we regret to tell you

Dear artist- we regret to tell you is made with color swatches and features 13 selected rejections letters Dana Stirling has received over the years as an artist and photographer.

© Dana Stirling, approx. 17 x 8 cm, box measures 18 x 10 cm, laser etched text, binded with a screw post, signed copy, edition of 150

© Dana Stirling, approx. 17 x 8 cm, box measures 18 x 10 cm, laser etched text, binded with a screw post, signed copy, edition of 150

“I was on the bus, on my way back home. I was thinking about this for few months that were filled with rejections from different websites, competitions and other platforms I sent my work to. 

I think people see it as a failure, and I did too. Rejection means that your work wasn’t enough for a certain website, competition or grant; you didn’t make the cut, which probably means your work isn’t good enough. Everyone remembers the winners not the losers.

People share on social media their success, accomplishments, things they are proud of. No one wants to share their failure or the ‘Dear artist- we regret to tell you….’ for people to see their rejection out front. Artists today are measured by what they HAVE done, not by their journey.”

 

© Dana Stirling, approx. 17 x 8 cm, box measures 18 x 10 cm, laser etched text, binded with a screw post, signed copy, edition of 150

© Dana Stirling, approx. 17 x 8 cm, box measures 18 x 10 cm, laser etched text, binded with a screw post, signed copy, edition of 150