Trying to raise the motive to write again - have you ever met with people looking at your work and equating it on a one to one level to your personality; meaning, if you create something menacing and morbid (or the other way around), others attribute it to you and slink away?
Definitely. People often need to associate any two things they can find to “paint a picture” of things they don’t know. I’ve found the best way to combat this is to be as random in what I make as who I am. That’s not an explicit effort to make random things, I’m just skipping the thing everyone teaches you in art school: be consistent in the imagery you make. I think that’s bullshitty, we should make whatever we want to, and not be required to “brand” it so as to set a uniform mood or tone.
I have creepy and morbid pieces, immature and juvenile ones, regal and sophisticated, geeky, conceptual, cute, funny, serious, sarcastic, ugly, pretty, and a million other descriptors because I feel, think, or am all of those things. If people see one and it rubs them the wrong way, I completely understand, I can’t make art that is universally loved. However, I CAN make things that hit on many different parts of who I am and how I view things. Strangers familiar with the wide body of my work know me better than most people in-person who actually do. People are multi-dimensional, I don’t think we should repress certain sides of who we are just to brand ourselves — even if it makes some people slink away.