Sometimes the art world makes me sad. Here in America, the identity of the artist is more important than the art work. I've noticed that many group shows are curated around a theme of identity. For example a group show of black artists or a group of women artists or gay artists. I feel like all my I've tried to transcend my body. That my mind and my imagination was something greater than the way my body looks. I have bee coming across look at identity while painting portraits for my CLASSICALWAVE series. And I do like painting skin color, but there is something beyond the paint, beyond that is more spiritual. I feel like this identity world that we are living isn't going to make much sense in the future as far as art is concerned. There are no longer art movements or styles or genres in the art. If there is, then not many people are concerned with this. Maybe this is a result of the artists who attend university and art schools that teach sociology in an ideological way. I believe that art is not the servant of any ideology, but a window into the great cosmic consciousness. I want to find artists who believe too. I want the art world to stop believe that they have a right to the personal lives of artists. I am a very private person, and when I create I want the art to be public, but now I must ask myself either or not I should allow for the diluting of my art based on who I have sex with or what I look like. I would love a world were artists can transcend their body and really show what is going on in their imaginative mind instead of being chained to their physical bodies.
I do believe my understanding of identity is going to develop after I begin paint more portraits of individual people. For in the west the individual is an icon of democracy. No where in the world have portraiture been so important. Perhaps that is why identiy politics is so seductive because once again we begin to focus on the individuals in western society.