Does it matter if my body of work lacks stylistic coherence?

We posted this question on our Instagram on 28th April 2021, here are the answers offered by our followers:

  1. I think it’s good to experiment and to push yourself to try new methods and materials, but it’s an easier ‘sell’ to galleries and audiences if you have a coherent thread that links your work, it might be an idea or a style or material. This allows your practice to progress in a way that an audience can follow.
  2. Ummm – it doesn’t matter to me lol As Anna said – maybe it’s a useful shorthand/sell – but I think it can be a bit reductive. I feel the same way about artist statements 🙂
  3. 💯 I think about this a lot in regards to my own work. I would like to make my own work more coherent so it feels connected and so it can be traced back to me by audiences. However, I think it can be necessary to lack stylistic coherence while developing new ways of making and thinking. Perhaps it’s stylistically coherent to lack stylistic coherence!! 💯
  4. I was going to reply to this thread but then found the previous comment literally wrote word for word what I was going to say .👏👏👏

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