This is a special collaborative episode of A Deepening of Knowing You about expressing internal and external identity.
Originally, I identified the “embellished-self” as how you express yourself visually, and the “bare-self” as the inward you. For embellished, I asked people to wear things that represent the qualities they wish the world to see. Then, I asked them to get as naked as possible and use only facial expression to represent their bare-self. Before I asked people to explore and expose these parts of themselves, I had no idea "bare" and "embellish" are more complex than "beauty is only skin deep" or "it’s what’s on the inside that counts." For example, some people embellish their personality, perhaps by training their brain to find the silver lining in every struggle or to ignore violent thoughts to appear safe to others. Some people feel alien to their naked body and believe physical modifications create a body they recognize as their own. It can get confusing figuring out which parts of oneself are sincere and which parts are a disguise. It can get confusing trying to interpret meaning from a stranger's canvas without knowing their intentions. The line between bare and embellished can be defined or blurred. Overall, each featured artist walked away from this project feeling more aware of how parts of the self come to intersect, blend and expand, or stand apart.
The artists featured in this special collaborative episode come from a diverse Pacific Northwest population, including members of Carma Cosplay, Haus of Dharma Drag Entertainment and Event Planning, and the Seattle Babely women's event.
BARE & EMBELLISH was presented at the Stories of Strength: Resilience through Creativity showcase hosted by the Counseling and Psychological Services at Oregon State University.
To learn more about the artists and their canvases, please visit: https://goo.gl/Gh8XMi
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