By the time I reached adulthood, I began to have interest in the avante-garde/minimalist culture. I remember listening to musicians such as John Cage, La Monte Young, Terry Riley and most notably Philip Glass because I enjoyed listening to their eccentric and unconventional compositions. This unconventionality was something I really wanted to do in my art work.
Around this time, I explored and traveled to various parts of the United States, and garnered experience of being around and relating to different people. By learning about diversity, I was able to expand my abilities and discover new ways to improve my artistry. Pat Schneider eloquently substantiates my definition of going beyond the convention:
"The act of [fill in an art modality] is a tremendous adventure into the unknown, always fraught with danger. But the deeper you go and the longer you work at your art, the greater will be your treasure" (Schneider, 2003).
At first, it was difficult for me to let go of the outcome of my art and focus on the process, but as I gradually took these steps, I noticed that my work became more sophisticated and proficient. I also noticed that I started taking more risks with my artwork such as splashing water into the canvases, and using cooking oil to prime my paper.
In the following sketch, I primed my paper lightly with oil to have the charcoal be thicker in pigment. This sketch of the lotus flower represnts my continuous growth and wholeness with the universe. The flower ties well with Buddhist philosophy, as the lotus symbolizes eternal love
To conclude, I believe adolescence and young adulthood has helped me identify and distinguish myself as a strong and unique human being. In pertaining to the arts in medicine, the art exercises above are my ways of self-care, which is an important concept of self-love. Without undergoing the trials and tribulations of adolescence, I probably wouldn't be able to learn my true interest: Art.
Schneider, P. (2003). Writing alone and with others. Oxford, NY: Oxford University Press.
Radocy, R.E., & Boyle, J.D. (n.d.). Psychological foundation of musical behavior (4th ed). Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas, LTD.