I made The C Word years ago after I had been criticized as a curator at work by being called "too contemporary." I reminded the colleague that contemporary artwork was actually in my job description. They then moved on to "too conceptual" (not really, but I get the intent) and then "too commercial," which was really inexplicable as I have worked almost always in non-profits and academics. But I gathered that this was part of a larger problem. I am, for some, "too much." And in other ways I am "not enough." This is a fine line that women are told to walk–be less bitchy but be stronger. Be nicer but also, why don't you toughen up? These impossible standards are demanded by people of all genders and in all parts of our lives.
This works leads me to a new project, begun after the 2016 election, and reinvigorated after the string of criticisms of professional women in art, fired for being "too political" or "too demanding." I am collecting criticisms of women for being too much or not enough of something. I want to tell our story collectively, and I need a lot of examples to do it. There are plenty out there, I just need women to share this and submit!
I'll share with everyone who submits the artworks that come out of this. To be involved in the project only take a minute, write out (I need your handwriting) a criticism and email a pic of it to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to instagram #toomuchisnotenoughproject