Viewing identification issues through an evolving lens of inquiry informs pedagogy and personal change.
This is the theory that fuels my paper and is the driving force behind the reflection components of this blog. (This claim, by the way, was whittled down from three different claims, originally. And, cobbled together skillfully by myself, my friend Ann, and my husband... Talk about collaboration!)
I have identity issues. But, then again... Who doesn't?
Personal ones aside... I am focusing here, through this blog, if you had not surmised as much, and in my paper, on those identity issues that are directly connected to my teaching (pedagogy) and art making struggles. That is to say, "Do versus Teach".
You know... it's like that terribly old and mortifying saying, "Those that can't DO, teach"... I always get a sick feeling in my stomach, and a scrunched up expression on my face when I even think about that statement.
How many other art educators out there suffer, like I do, needlessly? Why do we have to make a choice?... Be an artist OR be a teacher...
I don't want to choose, shouldn't have to choose, and furthermore, claim that, as many others have claimed, that my art making enriches my teaching, and my teaching enriches my art making. I have witnessed this happening in my own life. So, for me, I know it is true. And, I am not alone... (This theoretical "proof" is the stuff that goes in my Literature Review... No, I am not procrastinating! Just skating around, getting closer and closer... But, I better get "on it", or I might skate myself right into a frozen pond! Ha!... Is that a crack in the ice?)
Well, anyhow... I thank you all for listening today, and for the kind and insightful comments from yesterday!
And, for your kindness, I leave you first with this quote, that Ann texted me the other day, because she knew I needed to stop pussy footin' around, and get writing...
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face."
- - - Eleanor Roosevelt
And, second, I leave you with a photo of my favorite pussycat... I wish I was Cosmo RIGHT NOW! (I am so not kidding... Yesterday, I really did look into that gorgeous, plump, self-satisfied, furry face and wish for a brief few seconds that I were he... Ahhhhhh!!!! To be paw-loose and fancy-free...)
Safety, health, happiness, and peace... Pam