Presenting Self: Symbol Tag

In class, I created a name tag that used symbols that represented myself. I included:

  • My name, which relates to my identity by being the literal noun people use to refer to me.
  • A silhouette of a woman that I made intending it to be myself that is a personal symbol of my persona. I drew it abstract, and minimalistic.
  • The artistic selfie I made for the previous assignment. The image is the pictorial representation of how others see me. It is also created out of inspiration from selfies, which is a cultural phenomenon in the 21st Century.
  • And abstract shapes on different hues of green. These shapes represent el Avila, a mountain that reminds me of my hometown Caracas, and that is iconic for not only me but also many Venezuelans that are inspired by its beauty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the course, we learned about Ken Wilber’s Theory of Everything, which is a Hellenistic framework of everything around us. The theory is divided in four quadrants that include “the I”, the “it”, the “we/us”, and the “its.”

Book Review (1/3): Theory of Everything – quadrants, holons and levels

Below I categorized my symbols:

  • My name: I (since it has to do with myself), its (since it is necessary to have a name for the laws, and institutions).
  • The silhouette: I (since is of myself), it ( since it is a representation of my external self, my body).
  • The artistic selfie: I (since it is inspired in not only my physical self but also my personality), it (since in parts of it we can see my face), we (since it is inspired from the culture of taking selfies).
  • The abstract mountains: I (since they are essential to me), we (since it is vital for other Venezuelans as well).

I am an international student from Venezuela that desires to communicate with the world around me visually. I hope that I can become a part of the global conversation where I can tell stories that are untold. With a background in business and languages, I have experienced how different fields will always connect at some points, and I aspire to reinforce that connection in my work. I believe that there is not one pure aesthetic, and therefore I have chosen to collaborate and learn from those around me to every day grow as an artist.

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