Drawing the Line : An Introspective Look on Personal Identity
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In this essay I examine the interconnecting factors that come together to form my perception of my identity. The entire concept of my SIP, 「線を引く」or in English, Drawing the Line came about upon returning from study abroad in Kyoto, Japan. Each of my self-portraits featured in Drawing the Line incorporates a multitude of aspects of my identity from appearances to popular media and academic thinking. Through working on this project I was forced to look critically at myself and the tie that I have with Japanese language and media. I further talk about the research I conducted regarding identity and fashion along with my connection to Japan and the complexity of incorporating another language and culture into my sense of self. From working on this body of work I came to realize one extremely important fact about myself and the topic of identity: that it is impossible to capture all of the nuances that come together to form an individual. Try as I might through Drawing the Line to form a comprehensive view of myself, I can never capture every single part of my ever-changing identity onto the canvas.