A friend pointed me toward a call for artworks for an online zine with the theme: Sailors, Sirens and Sea Monsters. I did not hesitate to submit my extremely aquatic painting. Sailors? Check! Sirens? Well, a mermaid anyway. Check! Sea Monsters? Check!
After some months I received the zine link and was startled to realize that when some other folks hear that theme, instead of visions of marine critters, a whole world of homoeroticism is conjured. Somehow email taglines from the zine's editor - like, "Hey, Sailor!" - had not proposed this possibility to me before.
I can't say I particularly mind, because a lot of the work is appealing to me in technique, but it did make me feel kind of childlike and naive that when I hear "sea monster" I think of a mythological creature, rather than a euphemistic male appendage.
Ultimately I'm happy to be included in a collection that is not so overly curated or conceptually predetermined as to exclude either fantastical creatures or blow jobs. Check it out.