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[Pro-c Artist KWIC] knitting my | ASS | hairs together might be preferable Cantankerously HEXed: The trait of Agreeableness + Honest-Humility amongst visual artists [Big-C + Pro-c]

ROUGH + NEEDS CITATIONS ADDED. [or in playground talk: whose my daddy (theoretical basis foreFATHER) + my daddy can your daddy’s ass] INTRODUCTION low agreeableness of artists? Psychometric and historiometric studies on personality suggest a link exists between low Agreeableness and significant creative...
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Knitting my | ass | hairs together might be preferable *
Psycholinguistic computational analysis: Writing about the artist as an amalgamation of numbers

There is a trend that visual artists—benders of conventions archived in contemporary art historical and critical texts—have robust expressive and critical writing practices. Why are these makers of things, twisters of conventions, also compelled to write? What is the act...
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Why are you conducting this interview?
So that I can find out what is been declassified.

Why is that necessary?
It is a way to keep alert, a kind of sanitation.

Why are you conducting this interview?
So that I can protect myself.

From what?
From people’s imagination.

How can you protect yourself with words?
Words ward off oblivion.

Why are you conducting this interview?
It is a way of realizing guilt.

Why are you conducting this interview?
I want to crystalize the daily situation of talking to myself.

Lucas Samaras (AutoInterview 1971)

Lucas Samaras – Why are you making art? So that I can forget my separateness from everything else. Kathy – BUT WHY ARE YOU WRITING?

Kathy–But why are you writing? Does it expose your unseparateness from everything else? Link you to a state of belonging? Or just further acknowledgement of detached states of being? Why are you writing? Why do so many of us, visual...
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Art is not about art. Art is about life…Art will continue, because…it is about the hurt of not being able to express yourself properly, to express your intimate relations, your unconscious, to trust the world enough to express yourself directly in it. It is about trying to be sane in this situation, of being tentatively and temporally sane by expressing yourself. All art comes from terrific failures and terrific needs that we have. It is about the difficulty of being a self because one is neglected. Art is a way of recognizing oneself…Without fear nothing in the world would ever be done. – Louise Bourgeios (p 167, 173…)

One of my favorite collectors collected white stones, each the size of a pebble and each representing a beautiful moment. These stones had a mysterious value to him and to no one else. Some people collect good luck charms like a penny on the street. Eery time they find one they get titallated.

Is the social worker collecting a collection of saved lives? What about the need to collect friends? What about diaries? My diaries are a form of collecting and they have no use to anybody but me. 

The only saving grace of collecting is its transitional value…hopefully there is a transition from the world of the object to the world of ideas.

–Louise Bourgeios, Artforum, 1994, vol 32.

artist because of a dispositional failure to fit any other social position — sadness, suffering and the creative act

MicroResponsive Reading – Unfettered word count, Pierre Bourdieu’s Fields of Cultural Production and suffering the self reflection that I am artist because of a dispositional failure to fit any other social position. Damn. Easing in, I slog through Pierre Bourdieu’s Fields...
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identity management: countering the burden of stigma [Erving Goffman + Sally Mann]

MicroReading Response to Goffman’s text Stigma via the countering of the stigma of bad mother CONCEPT: Erving Goffman suggests that there are common cues that we become temporally and situationally dependent on that allow us to anticipatorily size up individuals as recognizably human or...
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what if the “maladaptive” is functional in activating evolutionary change

Micro Response Rif on Daly and Wilson’s Evolutionary Psychological Perspective Concept Daly and Wilson in their article “Crime and Conflict: Homicide in Evolutionary Psychological Perspective” propose that violence may be an evolutionary residual adaptive feature of the psychophysiological fight/flight mechanisms...
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COMPRESSING Doing artist as doing gender: artist identity constitution in the wake of vocational troubling [and trauma]

[COMPRESSION OF RESEARCH DIRECTION TO 500 WORDS–a practice at clarity through reduction–plus a end not on possible connection to trauma research] There is a trend that visual artists’ who enact an undoing, a troubling, [1] of conventions in their work—whether through materiality,...
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Doing artist as doing gender: artist identity troubling in the wake of vocational troubling

[REWRITING AS I RESOLVE MY LARGER RESEARCH DIRECTIONS] There is a trend that visual artists’ who enact an undoing, a troubling, [1] of conventions in their work—whether through materiality, form, process, presentation, subject matter, or theme—also have a writing practice....
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artist as forming in troubling and then being compelled to be about troubling troublings. [got it?]

I find it paradoxically funny that I desire a categorically FIXED definition of troubling from Judith Butler’s texts when all her writings point to the notion that the categorical is inherently complex and unstable. Because identity is unstable and complex what is destabilizing,...
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Doing artist is as doing gender: in the face of chaffing conventions and bending citations

Doing artist as doing gender RESEARCH QUESTIONS Can corollaries of performative constitution and maintenance of gender identity with that of doing artist shed light on the transgenre practices of seminal visual artists, artists who make as well as write? There...
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Agnes Martin :: Gender-linked language practices paralleled in art object

PROJECT IDEATION From Freud’s slips of the tongue[1] onward, language has been understood as a social mechanism that carries traces of our conscious and unconscious beliefs, fears, patterns of thinking, social positioning, gender associations and personalities.[2] These same beliefs, fears, patterns...
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