Ariana Koblitz
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Art is the manifestation of that which I cannot articulate. At the same time, my art results in a visual help to my explaining my approach to such difficult concepts. Given each piece of art, and were I to attempt to explain just that one piece, I would find new means of expressing a larger concept.

The past couple years have been ones of exploration—exploration in the idea of identity. The question I seek to answer, very much tailored to myself, is that of personal cultural identity. How have I come to look at the world as I do, and how does the concept of culture resonate within me? Traditionally, one has spoken of the place of birth to be a tie indisputable and the foundation upon which one’s consciousness is built. Another source is one’s parents and their heritage. A further thesis is that the education one receives as a child invariably defines and forms one’s cultural identity, in other words one’s environment has been cited as a main source. My work seeks to clarify that one cannot easily make such clear distinctions between the influences on one’s personal cultural identity. The influences are multi-layered and fine-tuned to each individual. In addition to which, nowadays there is the added dimension that influences from one “source” can at the same time also stem from a multiplicity of cultures. Using myself and the cultures I have become close to in the past, I have aimed to highlight a few of the moments where I can identify certain sources of influences from each of the cultures, and how they interact with one another.

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initial confusion
Weave II
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Limits of education
Social Landscape II
Social Landscape I
Chinese Legacy
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Why? because it's still warm enough to do so.
Why? is it the childhood memories of pocahontas' godmother?
or walking around the lake at home...?
or the color. yes, maybe it's the color.
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