As I was painting this, I was thinking about the things we keep close to our hearts. Not the things inside, like important relationships and such, but the things that are the next layer. More the identities we show the world.
I thought about the stories we weave to create a snapshot of who we are. How often we wear the emblems of our occupations or a role. Sometimes it works to help us feel belonging, other times not.
I’ve never really had a nice neat story to describe who I am or what I do. I’m more like a chameleon, morphing my story based on context. I think that’s why I added the thorns to the vines. The whole idea of having a concise packaged answer to the who am I question feels thorny.
Who am I and what do I do?
For years, I’ve heard you aren’t what you do. Lots of wisdom has been shared about separating who I am from what I am doing. Same with separating my business from me.
I’ve never been able to do it. Sure I can say I am separate, but really, inside, it’s all wrapped up. My work is a reflection of me. I inform it everyday. Even though the company has a bunch of other people involved, I feel totally invested. Wrapped up. Interwoven.
As an artist, I wonder if it could be any different?
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