IDENTITY: ART AS EXPERIENCE
We are not obliged to use the worlds definitions. We have to make our own definitions and begin to rule the world that way because kids white and black cannot use what they have been given. It is a mysterious endeavor, isn’t it? –James Baldwin
Identity is framed within contexts such as Black, White, Christian, Jew, female, and male. Each context contains particular qualities and beliefs–definitions that distinguish one from the other and in turn, influences how we think, act, and view ourselves. The identity formed within these expectations is experienced as something that cannot be changed, a persona that is concrete or absolute. Yet, we rarely ask why this is so.
IDENTITY IS AN ONGOING RENEGOTIATION WITH REALITY
I am an artist who helps people renegotiate the meaning of identity by reframing absolutes, a process that offers a way into their complex and multidimensional humanity. I believe that life is a form of art, one that I call Art as Experience. When we work together, we may engage in a group dialogue, or use the art of self inquiry, a continuous cycle of questioning, to investigate not only how absolutes impact your identity, but how to grow into a new awareness that leads to making different choices. What does individual truth look like? We’ll explore identity as an ambiguous concept, something neither literal or linear, in order to help you perceive yourself and others with greater clarity.
Art as Experience is a path to cultivating your most genuine self: One that is curious and free.
Life is art. Art is life.
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