Identity Journal

These are strange and difficult times we are living. I think I speak for everybody that is keeping on doing their work when I say that it needs extra effort to complete the regular tasks, usually done with ease.

In such times it is good to have resources to connect to the moment and be present, to be more mindful of ourselves and others and for keeping calm. Lucky for you, and me, art is a great tool in these situations, but only if you find a way to really express yourself through it.

The art project we are working on is called “The Expressive Face of Our Time”. We are now exploring the first steps of the project by working with the ‘Real Self/Ideal Self’ activities, where you are being guided through a creative process towards the artistic intention of showing something about your personality in your artwork.

I believe this is a good opportunity to start thinking about your relationship with the present moment, that is now ‘our time’ and what you would like to tell, express or communicate about it.

I invite you to start a journal where you can record your daily experience trying to live and express through art your emotions and ideas. You can record them in writing, drawing, painting, doodles, or any medium you choose. The aim is for you to register your thoughts, things you see that you want to capture, words that come to mind, colours, patterns, anything from your own perspective. For this, it is key that you contemplate your present routine and identify the moments that make you feel grounded, connected to your inner self. Think about what activities you enjoy and help you put your mind at ease.

This journal will be part of an interdisciplinary activity and transversal project between Art, Lengua and Tutoría. I believe Lenny told you to find a notebook just before quarantine started.

Everything you register in your notebook would be material to be used as a basis to create the final artwork of the whole project “The Expressive Face of Our Time”. I will give you material to guide you in this process shortly, but for now, you may just start the journal in your own personal way. Any kind of notebook you can find is okay (you can even make one yourself).

I hope you creatively engage with this task!

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