Title

The Mirror

Document Type

Dissertation

Publication Date

Fall 12-9-2004

Abstract

Art is a transformative experience that is rarely attained because of a refusal to acknowledge what is true or honest, because of the certain vulnerability and aspect of danger that is inseparable with honesty. It is a rare occurrence, not because it is elitist or undemocratic, and not because it is not sincerely sought after, but because it exposes the artist’s vulnerabilities to the world and in doing so creates a conflict of interest, whereby, the artist must choose to either preserve himself and his ego or acknowledge that to truly be an artist and to truly make art is to make honest statements or reflections and stand with them. Honesty, and, therefore, Art, is not easy, which is what makes it such a rare and special occurrence.

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