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What, Exactly, Makes You an Artist?

I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.

from “The Layers” by Stanley Kunitz

Your body is continually changing. Growing, replenishing, aging. You’re never exactly the same person from one day to the next.

You also carry an element that never changes: an elegant double helix that contains instructions to manufacture every single building block your body needs.

And even though your deoxyribonucleic acid is constructed of four basic nucleotides, they are assembled in a unique formation unduplicated in all of human history (unless you have a twin or a clone, of course).

Doesn’t that make you feel special?

Your sense of self ~ your identity ~ continually changes too. One day you’re a student, the next day you’re an employee. Just when you get used to being a Calgarian, you suddenly become an Ottawan. You used to covet a Herman Miller chair for your office and now you want to live out of a backpack.

Even so, there is a “principle of being” that abides, as the poet says. Change your name, your job, your address, your gender ~ but your DNA stays the same. The essence of you is always there, constantly replicating itself in your cells: all the traits that make up your beautiful manifestation.

You can pay to have your genome sequenced. You can even have wall art made from it.

And if you want to know what, exactly, makes you an artist?

So you can live from that identity while others come and go?

You map your artistic DNA.

I’ve designed a six-week online course that takes a microscope to the essence of your creative drive and expression. And once you’ve gotten an eyeful, you’ll be ready to reshape the life around you to match.

Map Your Artistic DNA. Registration is open until Friday, May 6 or until all the spots are filled.

Lucky me! I get to peer over your shoulder as the map of your artist’s identity emerges.

Photo by Micah Baldwin

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