The fear of judgement is debilitating and real and it can make procrastination your best friend. No one can call your project a failure if you never let them see it, so might it be better to put the whole thing in a drawer where it will never see the light again?
I’ve pondered this for myself more times than I care to count. But pushing through that fear and finding the other side of it is breathtaking and humbling and it’s enough to change a person. It may not change your entire life, but it has the power to shift your perception; maybe you see a problem from a different angle or find a new appreciation for small details, or perhaps, if you’re lucky, you can understand yourself in ways previously unavailable to you.
Then, in order to let your work roam free in the world, you need to relinquish the last remnants of control you have over it. You must allow it to stand on its own legs and walk where it wishes. It’s an act of bravery and also of kindness, because, in doing so, you are saying here are some pieces of me; I hope they bring some meaning to you.
The eight artists featured in this issue have found the brighter side of all this fear. They have turned this fear into creations, and they have given me the privilege of releasing these creations into the wild. They have done this for themselves, but also for you, in the hope that maybe you, too, can consume them, internalize them, and become something new in the process.
I hope you take them to heart.