I am the first to admit that I do not handle rejection letters in the most mature fashion. My gut reaction involves curse words and whining. It HURTS! What can I say, I don’t enjoy the feeling. It is difficult not to feel like I wasted my time, energy, and money just to receive an impersonal single white piece of paper that simply says, no.
Alas, I usually come around to the conclusion that, “This is what I signed up for.” And that rejection is just part of the process.
Moving forward and making new art is usually the best answer. Art comes from life anyway, so why not add a dose of rejection into the mix? I have done just that in one of my most recent artworks. Since my art concept revolves around the idea that everything matters and everything is connected I thought rejection letters from strangers was a perfect material to use. What a crazy idea. Sending letters to strangers that you know will crush them. What a connection to share with someone you will never meet.
I decided to sew some rejection letters I had been collecting and draw my emotion out on to them.