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.

Scale of Sexual Predation by Inga Muscio - Pyragraph

Scale of Sexual Predation

We are close to something truly sprawling and ugly, so the big monsters are inundating us with lesser demons. In the spirit of keeping our attention on what’s really behind that flash flood, I created this Scale of Sexual Predation.

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Image by Annie Mok, distributed under the CC-BY-NC-ND creative commons license.

Mental Health Care Is a Human Right (and Artists Are Humans)

Guest Blogger Katie Alice Greer: “OK Sadness means the machine in my head is working just fine and Not OK Sadness means, just like a runny nose, upset stomach, or a hacking cough, that I am currently sick. Plenty of factors both genetic and environmental mean I’ll always need to keep an eye on how things are going in my head.”

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Dear Little Bobby - Pyragraph

Dear Little Bobby: Too Slow, Manilow?

Our modern civil rights movement needs as many people as possible to be themselves and for us to work together for change. But people “being themselves” also means that they are allowed to not talk about their private life for as long as they do not want to talk about it, maybe even forever.

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Evolution 01 - ADAM RUBINSTEIN - Pyragraph

Artistry Means Evolution

Mastery means knowing in your bones what you donʼt know. It also means form is second nature—you didnʼt get up that mountain without learning how to hike. And it means youʼre free. When you come back down, youʼve been changed.

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Meredith Graves - Jon Southcoasting - Pyragraph

The Career of Being Myself

Guest Blogger Meredith Graves shares: “I swim, because I would rather persist than drown, and because I know that since I am my own life raft, once in awhile, when the rapids abate, I can kick up my heels and float.”

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Keshet Salon for Women and Creativity - Pyragraph

Watering the Seeds of Failure

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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