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07/29/2004: "Wildly Inaccurate Assumptions/Interpretations"
Yesterday I asked if others see my work as being very sexual (because I don't but some of my audience does and one person in particular kind of creeped me out) and Anna L. Conti responded in part with:
..."One of the hazards of getting your art out there is that complete strangers start making wildly inaccurate assumptions about you. Practice the faint-smile-as-you-back-away routine."
That made me want to ask:
What is the most wildly inaccurate assumption someone has made about you based on your artwork?
What was the most wildly inaccurate interpretation of your work that you've ever received?
Here's what fellow artist have replied so far:
Howard: "The funniest inaccrurate interpretation I've had was from this wacked new age nut case of a woman I worked for a number of years ago. She believed the figures I was painting were images of aliens and she was deeply concerned that aliens were controlling my mind."
Anna: "The craziest misinterpretation of a painting was the time I did a portrait of my sister-in-law with symbolic elements around the border to represent significant things in her life (Norway, New Mexico, hops, celtic music, etc.) A woman saw it at an open studios and proceeded to give me a lengthy and elaborate explanation of the "sacred meanings" behind my "goddess painting."
Jackie: "People do tend to make assumptions about artists when viewing their art. Some of my pieces have generated comments by people who think it represents demons/death/S&M/torture/insanity. Hmmm...I'm the least likely person to be associated with those topics, tho I do have a touch of macabre humor. People have had such shocked expressions when I identify myself as the artist...I guess they're expecting some Goth chick/Wiccan or something."
Me (Elise): "One thing that people assume routinely about me is that I'm a lesbian. This has been going on since high school when when one of my mom's best friends who was a "reformed" gay man entering the semenary, told my mom that he could tell from looking at my art that I was "being attacked by the spirit of homosexuality". They went so far as to annoint my room (and several of my canvases) with holy oil."
Anyway, this topic facinates me. Are there any others? (Dio, I could probably be your example, remember that lengthy post I made about your painting looking like upside down steeples?)