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Exploring Identity

Exploring Identity

What is identity? It’s everything about you.  Not only your name, what you look like and your information, but everything – from the hobbies you have, your political viewpoints, your religion, the type of music you listen to, your sense of fashion, your personal history, the friends you hang out with, and anything else you could possibly come up with.  It can be not only the way you see yourself, but also the way others perceive you. Art is a great way to express your identity, you would find that art at its very core is all about sharing identity – whether it’s personal identity or a cultural or community identity.

Abstract Expressionists’ focus on the artist’s psyche and spontaneous technique. Abstract Expressionist painters rejected representational forms, seeking an art that communicated on a monumental scale the artist’s inner state in a universal visual language.

Abstract Expressionist painters tend to think of their canvases as spaces within which they expressed their truest selves, rather than simply surfaces to be covered with paint.

For these artists, the process of making a painting became a heroic battle against the struggles of human existence. Though they were never a defined movement, the Abstract Expressionists shared the belief that abstract art could communicate deeper, more universal truths than naturalistic painting or sculpture, which would typically retain some sort of culturally defined message. Beyond any formal advances their art made, Abstract Expressionism came to represent the capacity for freedom in artistic creation.

The artists that are most groundbreaking and memorable are those who were true to themselves and their own identity throughout their entire body of work. Expressing your identity in your work is absolutely essential in creating meaningful art.

How do you identify with the art?