Week 8 - Nov. 2


Idea 2

Welcome to Week 8! The topic of this module is "Concepts." When we chose our subjects, we often start from a place of experience (things you feel, things that happened to you, things you have a stake in). Starting from a place of experience is ideal, because if you try to speak to something that you have no experience with (to speak to someone else's reality) you are starting from a place of knowledge deficit. This means that you lack knowledge, and chances are, your work won't meet the threshold of strong conceptual depth. 

But what does it mean to make work from a place of experience? This module will explore the many feelings, thoughts, experiences and influences that have made you a very specific expert in a very personal world view. Watch Taryn Crenshaw's "Intro to Intersectionality" and think about where you position yourself using "the social identity wheel" examples to begin to think through the ways we organize our identity. Your exercise this week will explore the larger picture of your identity through the conceptual choices you make in your subject-matter and artistic choices. 

We also have the pleasure of listening to an artist talk this week. Bruce Thompson (MFA University of Windsor) is an artist who works in painting and drawing. His work is "focused on bringing the everyday happenings – walks, objects, and the phenomenological, to visual form. Previous work dealt with LGBTQ couple’s portraits and gatherings." He produces "large scale drawings/paintings that address the notion of the everyday as monumental." Listen to how Thompson talks about his conceptual considerations and process. 

Home Office

Module 8 Tasks

  1. Watch: "Intro to Intersectionality" Taryn Crenshaw

  2. Do: Use the social identity wheel examples to think about what facets of your life are most foundational to who you are. What sections are more important? What is contained in those important sections? You may want to use a mindmap like this one (up to 3 free maps) or paper and markers to trace your identity. (do not hand in; just for your personal reference and for brainstorming)    

  3. Watch: Bruce Thompson's artist talk Part 1 + Part 2 

  4. Do: Exercise #8 (E8)

  5. Submit: MA2 (See Lecture in Module 4)

  6. Read: FA (FA Lecture will happen in Module 9)

  7. Do: Work on FA brainstorming + planning (if time allows)

Optional Additional Resources



Office C1402B

Candace Couse

Assistant Professor

School of Creative Arts

University of the Fraser Valley

Watch: Jesse Wente: How the Arts can Bridge the Gap Between Cultures


Helpful questions to ask yourself: 

  • What part of your identity do you think people first notice about you?

  • What part of your identity are you most comfortable sharing with other people?

  • What part of your identity are you least comfortable sharing with other people?

  • What part of your identity are you most proud of?

  • What part of your identity did you struggle the most with growing up?

  • What part of your identity is the most important?

  • What part of your identity is least important?

  • What part of other people’s identities do you notice first?

  • What part of your identity do you feel you face oppression for most often?

  • What part of your identity do you feel you receive privilege for most often?

  • What part of your identity would you like to learn more about?

  • What part of your identity do you see having the most effect on your interactions with co-workers/peers?



Adapted for use by the Spectrum Center and the Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan.