A few weeks back I submitted some of the Caitlyn paintings for consideration for inclusion in a show. It was being put together (from what I could tell) by a NY-based nomadic curatorial group, and was going to be hung in a church. I didn't think much of it. I've had my work included in shows that happened to be staged in churches before. Some churches are very progressive and my work is fairly tame in the grand scheme of things, to be honest.
But it was turned down for being too sexual. That's fine. It was actually nice to receive the jurors' notes -- that's pretty rare. And the goal is to keep submitting, rack up those rejections, right?
More recently, I submitted a similar selection of work for another show being put together around the theme of the female gaze in regard to the nude and erotica. I'm mentally preparing to be rejected on the grounds of not being sexual enough.
Update: They were rejected. No feedback.
An interesting note regarding these paintings: out of the 5 large-scale paintings so far, there are a total of two visible nipples and zero genitalia. Furthermore, the painting with the nipples seems to be the one viewers find least 'difficult.' And yet, I've been dragging my feet on posting the finished images on Facebook/Instagram, because I'm not ready to deal with them being flagged as content violations. As tame and inoffensive as they may seem to me -- as mundane as the natural, naked body seems to me -- some people can't deal with bodies that are visible for purposes other than entertaining a traditional (male cis-het) gaze. See: Petra Collins; Rupi Kaur.