I have just returned from my post studio tour meeting of the Cape Ann Artisans. A large portion of the meeting was devoted to deciding whether or not to add new members. As always, that boils down to who would be a good addition. Here is where my mind splits. On one hand I am proud of being one of the twenty artisans who are known for high quality creative work. The flip side of that is who am I to judge? I have been on both sides of a judgement in the past and I don't relish either position. Especially where someone's right to express themselves is in question.
I remember years ago the furor that was unleashed by Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ" which depicted a small plastic crucifix in a glass of the artist's urine. This work is often referred to when freedom of speech is being discussed. It has been both praised and condemned by people whose opinions carry weight. I sure am glad he didn't apply to our group.