It is something we all try to do at some—or at every— point in our lives. We want to belong to family, to neighborhood, to school, to our country at large. According to the author of Quiet, research suggests that we can only truly belong by being ourselves and by not trying to change who we really are.
But we can occasionally cross boundaries if we remain authentic. We can even compromise. (Is this word still used today?) When we do compromise, we still must remain true to ourselves and to our values.
I think art is very much the same. We can experiment with new techniques, colors, materials, but in the end, we must remain true to our own nature. After 30 days of experimenting, it will be interesting to see what takes hold of me permanently.
“Fitting In,” 8″ x 8″, mixed media on deep wood panel, $150