Once my work was online I caught myself measuring my own definition of success – making the art, committing to the process, believing in the work – against the other definitions of success that exist around artwork in the public sphere. Definitions that have words like “monetized” and “published” and “book contract” in them. Having the work out there in the world, and continuing to do it, suddenly wasn’t enough. I wanted recognition. Without it, I didn’t know how to actually feel successful in the terms that I myself had laid out.
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