I believe a large part of creativity has to do with expression and identity. In recent years, I have created two different self-portrait projects relating to the question of identity.
To read the original blog posts that were published with the projects, click on the title of the project.
fanciness (just a dress) addresses how our clothing can so easily control the conversation of how pretty/beautiful/attractive someone is.
This project was born out of my senior year of college, after hearing “wow, you actually look like a girl today!” one too many times after showing up in a dress to a nice event. These comments seemed to imply that by not wearing a dress, I did not look like a girl regularly.
American? asks who gets to define what “American” is. The project focuses on the idea of intersectionality, defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary online as “the complex, cumulative way in which the effects of multiple forms of discrimination (such as racism, sexism, and classism) combine, overlap, or intersect especially in the experiences of marginalized individuals or groups“.
As a Christian, millennial Taiwanese-American woman in this day and age, some of these identities are privileged while others are looked down upon.
Each identity has its own set of expectations. What happens when these expectations don’t line up, or even worse, conflict?