Who am I? Is a complicatedly simple question to answer. I know there are certain things I identify with that society has set labels of:
I am biologically female, and I use she/her pronouns. I identify with being androgynous, where my gender is unidentifiable some days. I don’t mind when people use other pronouns by mistake. I identify as a lesbian and queer (in both forms of the term). I am an artist and a student. I am a friend, a sister, a daughter, a girlfriend, a person affected by society and shaped from those experiences.
Who am I? I am ever-evolving and learning and growing from my interactions with the world. To quote one of my favorite books A portrait of the art student by James Joyce: “I was not myself as I am now, as I had to become.” I am different than I was yesterday because my everyday experience molds who I am and who I am becoming. My yesterday’s have made me a victim, an empathizer, an emotionalist, a fighter, a loud voice, a safe place, an educator, a protector, a proud person, a person who refuses to let society beat them down. I am becoming my own role model I needed when I was younger. I am becoming who I am supposed to be. Who I want to be. Me.
Who am I as an art educator? I am still figuring that out at the moment. I know I want to foster individuality and creativity for every student. It is important that I inspire children to be the best versions of themselves, and respect other’s best versions of themselves. I want to create a classroom that is as socially responsible and aware as possible. I want to bring authentic experiences to as many children as possible.