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Spring Symposium on UR and Community Engagement has ended
Tuesday, April 24 • 10:55am - 11:15am
Art And The Ego: Exploring Spiritual Success And Failure In The Creative Process

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I wish to understand why some people are able to clearly communicate their creative expression and connect with others while others struggle to feel worthy of creating at all. I intend to combine my studies in metaphysics and psychology to identify questions that I can ask others in order to gain insight into a collective creative experience. I have incorporated my studies on how different cultures deal with healing and balancing emotional blockages, in connection with the metaphysical properties that different cultures have attributed to different materials in the natural world. I have put my studies in context with my sculptural work, which focuses on developing the intention behind each individual piece, and how that intention can be psychologically transformative. In addition to my studies and sculptural work, I have conducted interviews with students and others not necessarily in the creative field. I chose to do so going by the notion that all human beings have the capacity for creativity, and have to deal with emotional blockages and challenges that effect their ability to express themselves clearly and whole-heartedly. Mindset, a book written by Stanford University Psychologist Carol S. Dweck, illustrates the difference between a fixed mindset which believes intelligence is static, and the growth mindset which believes intelligence can be developed over time. These two spheres of thought are intertwined one’s own beliefs about their capacity to succeed, and have been taken into consideration when asking questions about how individuals perceive themselves, as well as their ability to grow through and past blockages.

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Tuesday April 24, 2018 10:55am - 11:15am
237 Owen Hall

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