"Personality" can be defined as a dynamic and organized set of characteristics possessed by a person that uniquely influences his or hercognitions, motivations, and behaviors in various situations. The word "personality" originates from the Latinpersona, which means mask. Significantly, in the theatre of the ancient Latin-speaking world, the mask was not used as a plot device to disguise the identity of a character, but rather was a convention employed to represent or typify that character."
" Idiographic psychology is an attempt to understand the unique aspects of a particular individual."
So I've really had a lot of time over the past couple of weeks to do some deep thinking lately and I figured out that the main theme in all of my work is the exploration of identity. I'm not terribly good at reading myself but I love reading other people- I can't tell if I'm up or down half the time but I can read it in other people. I think it is interesting to observe people in the chance that I might glimpse just what is it that makes them tick. So I'm always wanting to know what key experiences in life have made people the way they are and what traits make them respond to things the way they do. I think identity and who we are is such an interesting question and I want to explore it in my work.
One way I could go about this, which I've talked to my professor about, is to do a series of images of the interesting aspects of homes in my neighborhood. I think the home is a very important tell of who we are and what we wish to convey to the world.
Another way I could go about this is to use my own home and expose all of it's secrets in paintings. What makes me tick? What are the things we hide in our drawers, and what about that jar of "just in case" money? And lets face it we are real people who leave towels on the floor and the bed unmade. Why the obsession with pack film cameras, or guitars I don't know how to play?
Anyway I think I'm going with the former idea but I'll throw the other idea out there if anyone has any ideas for direction.
I am a 26 year old art student finishing up my Bachelors degree in Art at Christopher Newport University. I work in oil and ink mostly, but also enjoy a variety of other media.
My work is focused on personal and cultural identity.