Keep your pants on: there is no nudity in this post!
Would you veer from success? Change an aspect of yourself, one that others label as your identity, an identity that earns you money and fame?
Can an artist’s expression journey seamlessly through mediums touching all the senses? Can art successfully fossilized on penthouse walls evolve and breathe new life into distant space?
If an artist’s identity
is her mode of expression in
paint AND lush felt AND thoughtful painted word,
how will others define her artistic identity?
And THE biggest question of all:
WHY veer from success???
I say if you want to know what an artist would do, ask the artist herself. Debora personifies Rumi’s quote: ‘Either appear as you be or be as you appear’ and veering is part of her identity! Tall, slender, with hair radiating exuberance we chatted over Turkish coffee.
Fascinated, my imagination turned Debora’s words to rich images as she shared her body of work, describing colorful canvas, lush felt
roses, installations of sound and word, and her most recent offering: a memoir. ‘A Sweeter Stride’ unveils her captivating journey through ( occasional) colliding worlds of art and love in NYC over the last two decades and promises to be a fascinating ride.
Like it on Facebook: ‘A Sweeter Stride’ to hasten its pilgrimage to print.
Our discussion turned to her evolving
artistic identity and colleagues’ fear and trepidation. Others question how she will be ‘found’ post-art form migration.
Debora’s artistic metamorphosis is identity evolution. New creative expression in naturally selected new niches.
My conversational journey exploring Jewish Identity unveiled identity evolution as ‘Naked Identity’. Surely there is more to that than meets the eye.
Can ‘Naked Identity’ be shielded from prying eyes by donning the latest fad
and like the Emperor recreating himself with a new suit of clothes?
Or like Debora (and the owners of stories heard on my journey – see previous posts), fling off the trappings of others’ perceptions and flaunt that nakedness.
The Emperor wasn’t the only one who discovered, less is more when it comes to ‘Naked Identity’. Naked, a mid-winter tree stripped and bare, shows
the tree’s true essence: thin, gangly limbs awkwardly – no ridiculously – jutting out from its scarred, bulbous trunk.
Against a grey winter sky, urging the donning of warm woolens, the tree bares its branches taunting us to love it or leave it.
Trees remind us ‘Naked Identity’ is devoid of lush green finery and shots of color and is about the tree doing for, and being about, the tree.
Naked, the tree is still herself – her true self, just without care of what others think and need. Naked, she is able to build internal resources, building strength to branch out in new directions, seeking new opportunities (for sunlight) while being firmly rooted in where and who she is (physically and metaphorically).
True beauty is found in ‘Naked Identity’.
Deborah’s art, like the tree, branches out, seeking glimmers of opportunity, while firmly rooted to her artistic core. Beauty drawn from internal resources.
‘Hidden’ Eastern European Jews, shared their identity evolution to Naked Identity is rooted in Judaism. (see previous posts about my conversational journey – identity5772)
We are all artists, of a sort. Our challenge is to get naked and bare our soul to uncover our core identity. And as we know, getting naked is the easy part.
Looking inward, nourishing our roots, silent and uncaring of expectations and needs of others, we can discover our gangly, bulbous perfections before going out on a limb to sell new creations. As the days get longer, my dreams ache to branch out, seeking new opportunities, hoping my roots are strong and deep enough.
What feeds the root of your creations?
As spring beckons, where will you branch out to uncover and celebrate your ‘Naked Identity?
Best wishes for a lushful spring!