Re: Signature on Artwork
When I started out, female artists were not seen as serious artists, so I signed my name first 2 initials and Patronymic-- not in order to be taken more seriously but to de-gender my name so no one who harbored hidden prejudice (like "women belong in the kitchen, not in the Art studio") would allow that to stand in the way of looking at or buying my art. (That was in the 1970's).
And to comment on whether the name Kathy should be taken seriously... Should Mike, or Bob be taken more seriously? Should Chang, or Sanjay? Why is their such a double standard? (OOps, my postmodernism is showing).
I think you should wear the name you choose proudly! You can even make one up (like Elton John) or use your first name (Cher, Prince). It would be super confusing if you had the name of a famous artist like "Rothko" for instance. "Oh, I thought Rothko did abstracts, and here he is painting cute little buckets with flowers in them!"
It is kind of interesting that many male artists are known by their last names only, "Cezanne," "Van Gogh," while female artists are known by first and last "Georgia O'Keefe,"Cindy Sherman."
Would you take "Cindy" seriously if she only signed her name "Cindy"? That is a cute little diminutive too, but she is a well-known artist. Just because it hasn't been done, there is nothing standing in the way of you doing it.
Making art since 1973-ish
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