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Hello Fediverse! It's time for a reintroduction since I've finally deleted most of corporate social media! 🎉

Full-time artist for nearly 20 years, I paint mostly people and other animals in a polka-dot cubist style. In 2017, a tech company recognized my contribution to the look of the new millennium by naming one of their filters "the Seemel," which I took as both a compliment and a cheeky challenge from our future AI overlords to keep making original art that matters.

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Je me suis enfin débarrassée de la plupart des méga sites de médias sociaux, alors rebonjour Fedivers!

Artiste à temps plein depuis près de 20 ans, mon style ressemble au cubisme à pois. En 2017, une entreprise de technologie a reconnu ma contribution au look du nouveau millénaire en nommant un filtre photo "le Seemel," ce que j'ai pris à la fois comme motivation pour continuer à créer de l'art original qui compte et comme un compliment un peu culotté de la part de l'IA du futur.

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I started making GIFs from my art at the beginning of pandemic, and I haven't really stopped: gwennseemel.com/artwork/gifs/

J'ai commencé à faire des GIFs à partir de mon art au début de la pandémie, et je n'ai jamais arrêté: gwennseemel.com/fr/oeuvres/gif

EN] When you're having trouble selling art, it might be because you don't love it enough. I'm being serious. I wrote 17 articles about it, including this one about loving other artists' work: gwennseemel.com/blog/2020/0203

[FR] Quand t'as du mal à vendre ton art, c'est peut-être parce que tu ne l'aimes pas assez. Ce n'est pas une blague. J'ai écrit 17 articles à ce sujet, dont celui-ci sur pourquoi il faut adorer l'art des autres: gwennseemel.com/fr/blog/2020/0

[EN] When you're having trouble selling art, it might be because you don't love it enough. I'm being serious. I wrote 17 articles about it, starting with this one about hating other artists' work: gwennseemel.com/blog/2020/0127

[FR] Quand t'as du mal à vendre ton art, c'est peut-être parce que tu ne l'aimes pas assez. Ce n'est pas une blague. J'ai écrit 17 articles à ce sujet, en commençant par celui-ci sur pourquoi il faut détester un peu l'art des autres: gwennseemel.com/fr/blog/2020/0

[EN] When people tell you that you'll never be taken seriously as an artist unless you do things a certain way, remember that you're the only person who can decide what being taken seriously means: gwennseemel.com/blog/2022/0922

[FR] Lorsque les gens te disent que tu ne seras jamais pris au sérieux en tant qu'artiste à moins que tu ne fasses les choses d'une certaine manière, n'oublie pas que t'es la seule personne à pouvoir décider ce que c'est d'être vrai artiste: gwennseemel.com/fr/blog/2022/0

We're brought back to our initial artistic impulse. The marketing, the making money, and all the rest still matter to artists who aren't independently wealthy, but there's absolutely no reason why our main focus shouldn't be on loving what we do and sharing that love with others.

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This definitive evidence of the randomness of success could be grounds for giving up, but I prefer to see it as liberating.

If the success of art is mostly arbitrary, then all that's left to drive our creativity is joy!

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Differences in download number that were small at the beginning of the experiment became magnified as participants were influenced by their peers. The songs that eventually rose to the top in each world tended to be those that earned approval first, as selected by whichever participants happened to make download decisions early on.

In other words, we are deeply social creatures, and we like to like what other people like.

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A few years ago, he started giving teens access to indie music and tracking their downloads to determine which songs were most popular, but not before randomly placing participants in 9 online worlds. These worlds were identical, except that, in one world, the teens weren't shown what other participants were downloading. The 8 other worlds all displayed the songs' stats, and that tiny marker of popularity changed everything.

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We've suspected it for some time, but now we know it for really realz:

As long as an artwork displays a basic level of quality, its success is dictated by mostly uncontrollable social factors.

This truth--at once enormously soothing and the source of still more potential angst--comes to us from Princeton University sociologist Matthew Salganik.

[EN] I'm so pleased to receive a Puffin Foundation grant for my art about mental health: gwennseemel.com/blog/2022/0915

[FR] Je suis ravie de recevoir une bourse de la Fondation Puffin pour mon art sur la santé mentale: gwennseemel.com/fr/blog/2022/0

Last month's 3 best reads:

1) Danielle Evans' The Office of Historical Corrections is good through and through, but I especially enjoyed the story the collection is named for.

2) Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo puts you at the illuminating and harrowing intersection of queerness, communism, and San Francisco's Chinatown in the 1950s.

3) Whitney Goodman's Toxic Positivity is worth a read even if you think you've cured yourself of the need to put a positive spin on everything.

[EN] Proud of My Stripes is the name of this tiger-shaped Progress Pride flag, and it now appears on a special edition of t-shirts released by the excellent company Pride Socks: gwennseemel.com/blog/2022/0829

[FR] Fière de Mes Rayures est le titre de ce drapeau Progress Pride en forme de tigre, et il est maintenant une édition spéciale de t-shirts mise en vente par Pride Socks: gwennseemel.com/fr/blog/2022/0

[EN] Proud of My Stripes is the name of this tiger-shaped Progress Pride flag, and it now appears on a special edition of t-shirts released by the excellent company Pride Socks: gwennseemel.com/blog/2022/0829

[FR] Fière de Mes Rayures est le titre de ce drapeau Progress Pride en forme de tigre, et il est maintenant une édition spéciale de t-shirts mise en vente par Pride Socks: gwennseemel.com/fr/blog/2022/0

Je me suis enfin débarrassée de la plupart des méga sites de médias sociaux, alors rebonjour Fedivers!

Artiste à temps plein depuis près de 20 ans, mon style ressemble au cubisme à pois. En 2017, une entreprise de technologie a reconnu ma contribution au look du nouveau millénaire en nommant un filtre photo "le Seemel," ce que j'ai pris à la fois comme motivation pour continuer à créer de l'art original qui compte et comme un compliment un peu culotté de la part de l'IA du futur.

Hello Fediverse! It's time for a reintroduction since I've finally deleted most of corporate social media! 🎉

Full-time artist for nearly 20 years, I paint mostly people and other animals in a polka-dot cubist style. In 2017, a tech company recognized my contribution to the look of the new millennium by naming one of their filters "the Seemel," which I took as both a compliment and a cheeky challenge from our future AI overlords to keep making original art that matters.

[EN] This flamingo is so done with trying to fit in with the rows of plastic birds, but she was more than happy to teach me a lesson about the difference between art, propaganda, and bland images that lack purpose: gwennseemel.com/blog/2022/0823

[FR] Ce flamant rose en a tellement marre d'essayer de s'intégrer aux rangées d'oiseaux en plastique, mais il était ravi de me montrer la différence entre l'art, la propagande, et les images fades sans but: gwennseemel.com/fr/blog/2022/0

[EN] Why I'm adding YouTube to the list of corporate social media sites I'm quitting: gwennseemel.com/blog/2022/0816

[FR] Pourquoi j'ajoute YouTube à la liste des sites de réseuax sociaux que je quitte: gwennseemel.com/fr/blog/2022/0

On Saturday, 8/27 at 2:00 p.m. Alison Macrina is leading a workshop called "How to Search for Reproductive Health Info Without Being Tracked." We aren't doing registration, so mark your calendar!

* ads are waste of energy

* companies factor ad spendings into their prices, we literally pay for this shit

* public ads are ugly and distracting, and they consume public space which otherwise can be dedicated to art or communication

* ads fund bullshit, they're literally socialism for capitalists

* ads misinform consumers and propagate consumerism

* ads fund bigots

* ads are ugly annoying and unnecessary, and serve no purpose that is good for society

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