How do you see yourself? How do others see you? How would you like to be addressed? What pronouns describe you? What is your name?
Using one of the templates available below the picture to the left (inspired by Marit Dewhurst), write words or phrases inside the outline that relate to your own identity or how you see yourself. Use the space outside the drawing to write down words or phrases that describe how you think people might see you.
If you included your communities—groups of people with whom you associate, like family, neighbors, or classmates—where would you place these groups on this map?
Many artists, including Deborah Luster, Jim Goldberg, and Clarissa Sligh, combine words with pictures in their art.
Examine and compare works by these artists with your partner or small group. Why might the artist have used text alongside images? Where did they get their images and text, and why might that matter to the meaning of the work of art? What might the overall message of each artwork be?
Next, explore your own identity using words and pictures. What do you want to communicate or explore about yourself through art? How will the source of your images and text contribute to the meaning of the work? Following the examples of Sligh, Luster, and Goldberg, you may desire to re-contextualize a childhood event or memory, write descriptive and interpretive text, or share a personal story.