I’m about to start a symbiotic relationship with some fellow artists in order to aid in the promotion of my Self [other] series. I am not a parasite though. In joining a collective it is important for me that everyone is represented equally and the strength I gain is not to the detriment of others. It would be wrong for me to be in someone’s shadow, just as it would be wrong for someone else to feel they were in mine. There will be no jealousy or competition; our work will speak for itself.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not a commune. We are still individuals making our paths through life alone, with our own independence for art-making guaranteed. We are selfishly using each other to guarantee our own success. Survival of the fittest still applies, but together we are guaranteed that survival.
This symbiosis is a commensal one.