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One problem I've found in really disclosing what my work might be about is
that some people need it to be "OF" something, so, for example, if I make
any suggestion that sometimes weather is involved, suddenly I can be "that
artist who's work is about weather because she's from Oklahoma and you know
they have really bad weather there, so - hey, those lines must make this a
landscape, and....is that a funnel cloud?".
So sometimes we artists are a little protective about what's going on with
us when we work. Other times the source material is just too painful or
private to discuss, and making and sharing the results of our coping with
those issues through art is part of our living process but we don't want to
go so far as literally reveal it. That might just be manners. I know some of
my work is about my mother going blind, but I can't talk about that or I'll
burst into tears (For example).