Someone in the comments to my previous post mentioned what if you the artist had failed in what it was you had stated was your intent? The audience always has that option-viewers always bring their own standpoints and influences to whatever they look at , so that is the risk you as artist take in exhibiting your work. It also helps you be self critical - does the piece work , did it meet my intentions and when you exhibit you can't just exhibit any old thing- it needs to work with all the other pieces and the space and the general ambience- sometimes something you might have set out to make will not fit the exhibition.
Had a bleak day yesterday with a bank- sometimes its the pits being an artist no matter how much your imagination soars- the nitty gritty is that mortar and bricks need to be paid for, and not eveyrone views your ability to do so from the standpoint of what you might do. So much of what I do is based in forward planning- even teaching is booked up a year or more ahead- and exhibitions too- I am preparing for another exhibition in 2010- sitting down and working out what I might make for it. I am also planning another book- maybe on the creative process- but there seem to be quite a few books out there covering that territory so I have to think about point of difference- what new thing can I bring to the that format. A lot of what ifs with little currency!