Identity

Doing creative work often forces us to focus on issues of who we are and how others see us. The posts below offer our bloggers’ experiences, thoughts and perspectives on identity and representation in making art.

Keshet Salon for Women and Creativity - Pyragraph

Watering the Seeds of Failure

Guest Blogger

Keshet’s Carolyn Tobias asks: How do we water the seeds of failure to have that pain actually produce something valuable? Learning is a verb; an action; a continual process. Learning from failure is actively choosing to see each failure as the beginning, and not the end.

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Danila Rumold - Pyragraph

The Art of Listening and Not Knowing

Danila Rumold

Instead of interpreting everything in order to feel like I have a grasp on what is going on, I am actively sitting back and looking and listening in the studio and playing with space. I’m learning, or unlearning—whichever way it goes. Isn’t this how we evolve as humans, artists and a nation?

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Saint Anselm College - Pyragraph

The Rise and Fall of the Liberal Arts Luddite

I was a bookish, literarily-devout writing major. The type who read prose poems and flash fiction anthologies in the corner at parties, that sort of thing. And though I wouldn’t have admitted it then, one of the reasons I didn’t own a smartphone was because I was afraid of it.

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Now - new 1lluminati - Pyragraph

Technology and Career Trends for Artists in 2017 and Beyond

The future looms large before us and it is our responsibility as artists to advocate for ourselves. We must advocate for our continued importance and relevance in such politically uncertain times. We must advocate for increased fusion of art and science, since an interdisciplinary understanding of the world has always been more thorough and enlightening.

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Tabatha Shaun - Pyragraph

My Perception of My Perception

Tabatha Shaun

There’s a saying you’ll hear all over the arts world that goes, “If you like anything else, do that instead.” It can mean whatever you want it to. For me, it meant, “If you do something else, it’s because you failed at acting.”

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Pyragraph birthday cake - Pyragraph

Happy Birthday to Us, Whoo

I’ll be honest, the simple act of listing what we’ve accomplished makes me feel pretty great and makes me excited to contemplate what we’ll achieve in the coming year and years beyond that. Because, to continue being honest, I feel a palpable feeling of overwhelm.

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Brutus - David - Pyragraph

Art is Political Because Life is Political

Aaron J. Shay

Everything we touch and use in this world has been affected by the choices of businesses, governments, activist groups and individual people. The instruments we play our music on, our paints and canvases, the plays that we read from, the books that we publish.

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