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Re: misunderstood meaning and cnotent

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Betty Bowen (
Mon, 8 Mar 1999 08:46:37 -0600

>>everybody it IS "about" what YOU decide it's "about".
>Are you speaking to me personally here BB?

No, no! so sorry, bad writing on my part! I mean the universal "you". Or
"them", or "that person who wrote an art review and proclaimed what my work
was about without talking to me at all".

>But, when you say "them", do you mean you meet ARTISTS always
ok, yes, here I was asking you directly, but mean no offense at all, just
curious. Email is hard - no voice inflections, no pressing harder with the
pen....just upper and lower case...
I think I would tend to be a little skeptical because some artists like
playing with people's minds when they themselves are caught up short for
answers to questions. In your college art courses do you remember anybody
who would say one thing about their work to one prof, and then change it
entirely before the next class? They'd say whatever they thought the prof in
question wanted to hear. So I'm not suggesting they are actually lying, I
mean, I don't think they have a true answer they aren't giving you. It just
seems strange to me, if I understand what you were describing, that if
someone has enough success as an artist to be talking with schoolchildren at
a museum, that they'd have never given any thought to what their intentions
are when they work. See?

Am I misunderstanding the conversations you described? (you as in you ;)