“I’m very pleased to let you know that I have chosen your work to be featured in a digital display entitled “Pattern Play”. “
“Pattern Play” is a new exhibition of original art on digital display at Culver City’s premier design destination, Helms Bakery District. Curated by art advisors Katherine Henning and Jessica McQueen, “Pattern Play” features a selection of works by emerging artists from around the world who are part of the Saatchi Art community. Including painting, collage, and printmaking, the show highlights patterns and motifs that connect the worlds of art and design. Currently on view in Los Angeles through August 15th.
They want to see what kind of response my art gets–numbers of RTs and Shares etc. Saatchi on Twitter here.
Saatchi put out the word yesterday on their Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr pages–along with some images of my art and the hashtag #ArtistoftheDay my name Marie Kazalia and the link: http://goo.gl/ZNJ2j9. The curatorial assistant also said that I would be in their next newsletter or one of their upcoming newsletters, as all *Artist of the Day* artists are.
My painting, below, Shinjuku, I titled after the very active Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan. Primarily I see the color influences of Japan in my piece. Shinjuku especially is full of colorful signs written in Japanese characters, which seemed like abstract forms to me, as I often times walked along the streets looking in the shops during the many months I lived in Japan.
UPDATE: Saatchi curatorial assistant contacted me and said that they put my art up just now before 2 p.m. The reasoning explained to me is that they are in Los Angeles and update in their time zone. Which does’t explain why there was another artist featured this morning as Artist of the Day of 10/20. I don’t care about the title, mind you, I thought that perhaps they were actually going to get me sales. So it goes.
Just because I wrote a blog post last week that I was to be a Saatchi *Artist of the Day* today, and I’ve noticed that I’m not, I thought to write this update.
I received the email (copied below) alerting me to my Saatchi feature on 10/20. Isn’t today 10/20? I’ve asked other artists and they assured me that it is. The email even says “Please do share this…”
I did reply to her email and she replied to my reply, thanking me for my response and assuring me that my name was spelled correctly in what I assumed would be the promo feature she was working on. She said she *double checked.*
So did they just get the date wrong? It’s a puzzle. Do they mean 10/20 of next year?
Below is the email I received on October 13th. The curator talks about sales and I was looking forward to having Saatchi curators go to work for me to make sales of my art. Saatchi curators have stated in mainstream newspapers that they sell more art online than they do in their gallery. So I really wanted them to go to work for me. All week I’ve been adding more art images to my Saatchi portfolio. What an anti-climactic letdown when I noticed another artist featured today on the Saatchi Twitter account and Tumblr blog. I sent an email to Jessica asking her what happened. I don’t know when I will receive a reply from her.
I’m only sharing this email to verify what I’m posting here. I don’t mean to invade anyone’s privacy. For Privacy purposes I’ve altered Jessica’s email address and name. That is not her real email address, except for the *saatchiart* part.
Jessica McQ <jm@saatchiart.>
Oct 13 (7 days ago)
I’m very pleased to let you know that you have been chosen to be featured in Saatchi Art’s ‘Artist of the Day’ series. You are going to be featured on 10/20 on all of our social media sites (Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc)!
Please do share this with your family and friends and any other contacts who you think might be interested.
As a reminder, it would be great if you could make sure you are up to date on the following:
Please ensure that all original works in your portfolio are for sale and available to be shipped should they sell. We don’t want to sell your work twice or spend time promoting a work that is in fact no longer available.
Make sure your profile is updated with useful biographical information and a photo of you, preferably in your studio.
Regularly add new work to your portfolio – it may be added to our New This Week collection on our homepage and it will help increase your chances of making sales.
I have been chosen by Saatchi curators to be featured in Saatchi online’s ‘Artist of the Day’ series for October 20th. They will also feature me as “Artist of the Day” on all of Saatchi’s social media accounts (Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, etc)!
So I am working to update my Saatchi portfolio by adding new images of new work.
From my experience working with online galleries over the past 5 years, Saatchi online may be one of the most active online galleries. This morning, Rebecca Wilson, Chief Curator at Saatchi, sent me an email this morning—“I have chosen your work to be featured in the Originals for $1,000 and Under Collection on Saatchi Art’s homepage.”