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On Self-Expression

All art is self-expression. It is the boldest form of self-expression. The very purpose of life is consciousness seeking to express itself in the most elegant and relevant to itself manner.

Self-expression possesses a profound capacity for healing and recovery as it externalizes conflicts and makes them visible and tangible. It blends illusions, faith, fear, hope and curiosity into an intentional call for attention. It is self-validating and self-sufficient, yet enjoying the energy of being noticed, watched, seen and discussed.

It was Amanda Palmer who said that no one wants to be looked at but we all yearn to be seen. Yes, seen, not just looked at. So does art. So does any form of self-expression. It becomes alive when it is given a form and attention. It is organic, transformative, powerful. It is a process of finding a place in the universe rather than an entity striving to get respect.

The ultimate form of self-expression doesn’t demand permission or approval. Its purpose is not to impress but to stir, to soothe, to make uncomfortable, to disgust, to enchant, to help observe, to describe and shock.

Art, in its most profound essence of self-expression, doesn’t always pursue aesthetics either. It pursues awakening, breakthrough, shaking off of the dogmas and stigmas of the impossible.

It comprehends the necessity of the modern mind for all things lean, agile, functional and efficient. Yet, it sees this necessity as a limitation, a threshold of pain that needs to be overcome through learning to find beauty in the mundane, the abstract or the seemingly useless.

Self-expression claims originality as a means of separating itself from the noise and becoming a meaningful signal instead.




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