So the question has been posed, and after brief consideration I realized just how little I knew of myself in the context of understanding what are my rules, and what are the risks around the art I make. It makes sense to talk about the risks first, as I believe my rules are borne out of a consideration of the risks.
There is a risk that my works will be fall on deaf ears (pardon the metaphor);
my work may be too much for those who are tired of hearing about issues they do not understand;
my work may be perceived as playing the race card;
my work refers to issues that the audience believes are not real, or are over stated;
the works will not achieve the level of aesthetic expression I aim for;
I may lose my way, not be on message and get caught up in doing a thing;
I may run out of ideas or ways that I believe I can effectively express my narrative;
I may be in over my head in trying to address a certain aspect of my key narrative;
I may not be able to adequately explain a decision or a basis for an aspect of a piece of work;
a viewer may completely misinterpret my work or its narrative.
I need to pre-visualize the resulting work.
The work needs to express details of my narrative.
I need to understand the medium in a way that makes me believe that I can control the final.
Each piece needs to have an aesthetic I believe will draw in a general audience.
Each piece of work needs to have at least one dynamic characteristic.
Each piece must relate to at least one other in an exhibition of my works (no one-off).
Each piece needs to reflect reality, or have a strong connection to the general rules of reality.
Nothing is successful if it's not successful.
I need to produce what I set out to produce as opposed to what comes out of the effort.
I need to be able to explain every choice and result.