From Paddy Johnson/L Magazine Bad times for good art
Artists with representation have a different set of problems than those without. During the boom, for example, many artists I knew felt completely trapped. Collectors only wanted one version of their work, and as relative unknowns among a stable of blue-chip artists, they worried they’d negatively effect their career by switching directions.
I don’t think I ever felt trapped by outside market forces, I felt trapped from the inside. I really liked the work I was doing, but bored with the doing. And I had hundreds of images that still had not been exhibited. It was moving to video that freed my eyes and imagination. Both now feel natural and familiar. The video work has received attention of their own without dependence on the photo-based work.