The New Digital Puritans

Screenshot of my watercolor painting,  Marley , censored by Google+.

Screenshot of my watercolor painting, Marley, censored by Google+.

Censorship and social media are two institutions that seem destined to continually intersect these days. For artists trying to establish themselves online and make use of the global market, a healthy Internet presence can have a vast influence in making the unknowns, known. Unfortunately, for work that challenges, defies, arouses or upsets, the hurdles are many and severe. With service policies that favor the innocuous, many artists find their place on sites such as Facebook and Google+ limited at best.

Several weeks ago, I sat down with Samantha Villenave, to discuss my experiences with online censorship and how it’s affected my work and my practices. The resulting article was published earlier this week on Hyperallergic. Click HERE to read further. Warning, the content of the article may not be safe for work.