Life of an Artist

Ghosties, Ghoulies and the need for Insurance

Last weekend I attended the Whitby Art Fair as one of the artists and had a wonderful time, apart from a bit of spookiness overnight at the venue.

Stand at Whitby Art Fair - Mara Acoma Photographic Art
Stand at Whitby Art Fair – Mara Acoma Photographic Art

On the second day, we arrived nice and early to be met by artistic carnage. The 3 large framed pieces which formed the backdrop to my display were missing, or at least that’s what initially thought, in reality, they were in a pile on the floor. All three showed damage to their frames due to the fall, one so badly I suspected the actual print would also be damaged when I built up the nerve to dismantle the frame. (When I checked it later it was indeed damaged)

Stand at Whitby Art Fair – Mara Acoma Photographic Art

The other artists all rallied round, we soon had my display area set up once again and I was recovering from the shock. Don’t get me wrong I was still upset, but at least I was calm enough to talk to people without wanting to either cry or swear.

Stand at Whitby Art Fair – Mara Acoma Photographic Art

I later heard another two artists had suffered similar fates with their work although I had the most damage. There was much scratching of heads as this isn’t something which has happened at the venue before, the room had been secured overnight and no-one could remember any earth tremors.

Broken Frame and Gayatype Print
Broken Frame and Gayatype Print

Fortunately, all three of my pieces had been framed using high-quality perspex which looks just like glass, something I always do with exhibition pieces because of the fragility of glass when shipping, so I didn’t have broken glass all over the floor to deal with. One of the other artists wasn’t so lucky in that respect.

Damage to Gayatype print from the Vanitas Series
Damage to Gayatype print from the Vanitas Series

It certainly made me wonder why the poltergeists and ghosts had chosen that particular night to go and play with the displays. All in all, though it could have been much worse, imagine if they’d decided to come out to play when people were about. Perhaps I should check my public liability insurance for cover against the supernatural?

Damage to Gayatype print from the Vanitas Series
Damage to Gayatype print from the Vanitas Series

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