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What is the Back Story on Your Art?

Blog: #120 of 163 by Carolyn Edlund

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September 24th, 2013 - 01:00 PM

Your work may be appealing on the surface, but what do you see when you flip it over?

Years ago in a fiber art class, my professor looked at a piece I had completed as an assignment. Then she turned it over, frowned and said, “The back of your work must be as finished as the front.”

She was right, and I learned a lesson. This applies to all art, even when the back of the work is not visible when the work is installed. The way you finish the back speaks to the quality and perceived value of your work, and can considerably enhance it.

What’s on the back of your work? If it’s two-dimensional, do you take advantage of that piece of real estate to attach a Certificate of Authenticity, information about the subject matter, yourself as the artist, or other information?

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09/29/2013

11:19 AM

Largo, FL

Thank you so much. Any help I can get is truly appreciated. Marie

09/30/2013

02:49 PM

Taunton, Ma

Thanks for your insightful ideas and suggestions. Coupled with your thoughts I have communicated with one artist in the Phillipines, who paints about their mythology in current images, then on the side tells the story and the meaning of the images. I have suggested that these be published in a book form, if not for anything else but to preserve the mythology!