Positive Sign #2

Positive Signs is a weekly series of interpretive diagrams, quotes, and speculations on creativity, optimism* and the lives of artists, published every Wednesday through June.

Christine Wong Yap, Positive Sign #2 (Ten Dimensions of Creative Personalities), 2011, glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum, 8.5 x 11 in / 21.5 x 28 cm. humble, proud. energetic, quiet. traditional, iconoclastic. objective, passionate. enjoyment, suffering. masculine, feminine. naive, smart. playful, discipline. imaginative, realistic. introverted, extroverted. Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi.

Christine Wong Yap, _Positive Sign #2 (Ten Dimensions of Creative Personalities)_, 2011, glitter and neon pen on gridded vellum, 8.5 x 11 in / 21.5 x 28 cm.

*Notwithstanding brief forays into the nature of space, stuff, experience, and cognition.

Next Wednesday: Positive Signs #3 & 4 on inspiration and what makes life full.
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Comments (2)

  • Meg Shiffler says:

    Thanks for using the blog as a site for artistic expression. I love when artists make new work specifically for this application. It’s going to be really fun to follow your progression through Positive Signs for the next 16 weeks. Go Christine!

  • Christine Wong Yap says:

    Thanks Meg! I am really just sharing some ideas and interpretations of the research I’ve been engrossed in… I do hope that the diagrams can be interesting or useful sparks for conversations. Of course the diagrams are simplifications. For example, the 10 dimensions of creative personalities, diagrammed above, are elaborated at length in a full chapter in Csikszentmihalyi’s book… I think he was interested in dismantling some of the negative stereotypes about artists, and recognizing the paradoxical characteristics that creative personalities can exhibit… I think about the proud/humble spectrum often…

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