My Story Is Written In My Veins; My Story Is Seen Through My Eyes

“You know my name, not my story. You’ve heard what I’ve done, but not what I’ve been through.” ― Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Neglected But Undefeated

In a world full of things like the internet and social media, we often share more pieces of ourselves to a mass audience than we share with others most close to us, but on the other side of this, we may share more online, but is it really more poignant or telling about ourselves and our story?  Not really.

We share snippets in the virtual world; we provide a series of Cliff’s Notes or bread crumbs to our audience and let them fill in the blanks with their own interpretations of the facts.  As artists, we welcome the diverse interpretations because so many of us want the viewer to feel engaged and associate themselves with what you are putting out there.

I am no different.

The beautiful difference between “the web and normal life” is that they are, in a sense, part of our complex duality – we love the acceptance, sometimes anonymity from prejudice, and communal nature it provides as well as having a quiet place to retreat when the virtual life becomes overbearing.

I love my family and friends, and we have our own experiences that could never be properly conveyed in this platform nor would I try because those are not simply my story to share.  I can create art as a catharsis for things in my life, but without knowing me on a personal level, it is all simply conjecture and speculation for you to extrapolate based on your own internal workings.

However, life, in either form, is not purely black and white…

My story is full of shades of gray.


For +PortraitTuesday  #portraittuesday  with +Laura Balc and +Tana Teel +Monochrome World #monochromeworld  with +andi rivarola +All Things Monochrome #AllThingsMonochrome by +Charles Lupica and +Bill Wood
+HQSP Monochrome  curated by  +Claire Jennings+Massimiliano Marsiglietti +Оксана Крысюкова+Delcour Eric +Joy mum +Luis Vivanco +Mark HELM#hqspmonochrome

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