On the Pursuit of Perfection
Throughout my childhood and adolescence, my artwork was only ever exhibited by the paints and inks that covered my hands. Although art was something that I greatly enjoyed, I was painfully aware that I had neither the skill nor the time to perfect my craft to the point at which I would be happy to share my work.
Growing up in extremely competitive environments has always reinforced in me the ridiculous notion that I should only dedicate my time to things that I excelled at, and as a result I spent less and less time creating art. The irony was that in order to excel, I needed to dedicate time and energy cultivating skill and style. One of my main takeaways from this class was learning to do and enjoy things I wasn't particularly good at and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to develop with my artwork.
I am excited to take more art classes at Duke and I am looking forward to being better at being bad at things.