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Monday, June 24, 2013

DAY 2: THE ART OF PRESENTING A FULL SELF

Sometimes we only show the parts we see worthy or appropriate for the occasion.  We send our much more tidy representative self holding out an image in front of us neatly displaying the image of the day.  We highlight what we deem as the best and discard the rest as if we are interchangeable sections instead of a whole human being.




“Look at me!  I am different!”  

 
At the African Market event, I thought my presentation as a visual artist was appropriate and fitting for the day as a vendor.  Being no stranger to the art of reinvention, the latest version of me was indeed an artist.  Why confuse people with all of the previous installments and updates?  Besides, I replaced those with my new artistic identity, right??

I had no intention of speaking about my legal background but it fit nicely into a conversation about social justice and healing I had the pleasure of having with a woman curious about my art. 

After our conversation, I meditated on some of the points addressed in our discussion.  Specifically, I wondered how the program called lawyer worked with the newly uploaded program call artist.  The two didn’t seem to be compatible being on what I thought were opposite ends of the spectrum.  As flashes of color, including some from my paintings, danced around my thoughts, it hit me.  I am the spectrum and the spectrum is me.  I am not just one event, role, or identity on this spectrum.  I don't even have to choose one or the other.  I am all of it!   
Every piece I paint is an abstract expression of the whole of who I am.   

The "am" that I am just happens to have an active bar license should the need to present myself in court arise...(see what I did there?!)


Freedom to exist as I am in all of my bold vibrant color is my fullest presentation.  Being a lawyer who paints or an artist who practices law is only a few shades on the spectrum.  There are so many more to see and they all go together because they originate from the same source.  Much like we all do when it comes to our common source.  How can we say we are different then?  We can't.  When we actually start to recognize that we are all the same and come from the same Source we will fully embrace our wholeness and Holiness in all its colorful glory. 


 


I came to the African Market Day event with the expectation of sharing my art with others.  What I did not anticipate was learning a lesson in identity. Really, I should know better by now!


What does your art say about who you are?  Have you ever had two parts of you that seemed to not go together?  How full and wide does your spectrum expand?  Are there some points on the spectrum that you recently discovered?  Tell me in the comments how you present yourself or who you predominantly show up as in the world.  

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