Blog / 2013 / The Unexpected Generosity of the Public Domain
August 1, 2013
A while back, I made this piece as part of a miniseries to prepare a larger series.
It differed quite a bit from the work I’d created before, making an impression on someone who’s known me since I was a teenager: Gail, the mom of a high school friend. In fact, Gail contacted me about doing her own version of Queer Queen in stained glass.
As someone who doesn’t copyright her work and who believes wholeheartedly in free culture, I told her I was flattered by the idea. I encouraged her to enjoy the work however she wanted, asking only that she send me a photo of the result. Instead, Gail sent me the work itself!
Now and again, people do versions of my art. It’s one of the many lovely consequences that come with having confidence in the uniqueness of my voice and releasing my art directly into the public domain.
That said, this is the first time that I’ve had more than an image of an artwork find its way back to my studio, and it’s a whole other kind of experience. It’s a physical representation of how sharing begets more sharing, and I find myself very moved.
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