The meaning of identity is an ongoing renegotiation with reality.
I am a multidisciplinary artist who utilizes my work to provoke new dialogues that challenge and transcend conventional ideologies about what identity means. It is an interactive practice, one that I call "art as experience."
The concept of identity is convoluted. Who we choose to be, the personality that defines us, is impacted by countless life experiences and societal pressures, influences we are often unaware of. Unpacking the complexities of identity can be uncomfortable to discuss, especially when race, culture, and ethnicity are factors. However, what if instead, discomfort becomes an ally which asks one simple question: WHO AM I?
Art as experience is a dynamic practice that invites us into the process of self inquiry, to play with identity as something that is not concrete or logical, more as something that can be questioned. It is a neutral, safe space to be ok with feeling uncomfortable because there's nothing to prove or fix. Art is an ideal means to explore identity because, as I stated in my essay, The Forgotten Art of Discourse, art does not tell people what to think or feel. Instead it offers them a window into their own experience of the object or image. And by observing their own individual reaction to what they are seeing (and experiencing) they are given the opportunity to examine their own feelings, assumptions and beliefs, a process which is extremely significant when thinking about identity. Art as experience is about discovery not resolution. We are free to question what is or isn't true, not only about who we think we are but how we see others. However, the answers are not the point. The point is to choose to be in dialogue with one another: Fearless ongoing discourse that cultivates tolerance and healing, both personally and collectively.
I offer an experiential form of facilitation and dialogue that would be a unique addition to diversity/multicultural trainings, conversation projects, or panels.
Art. As. Experience.
Art is life. Life is art.
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