Abstract Conceptualization and The Assimilator as Assemblagist

My sister Ann and I used to discuss the results of various learning style tests she gave me. I was her guinea pig while she worked her way through a teaching degree. Our general assessment of my “style” was that of Assimilator, someone who combines the learning steps of abstract conceptualization and reflective observation. Ann said I was the most random person she knew. I see myself as someone who looks to logic rather than practicality.

In art and other creative disciplines, it helps to understand where one’s thoughts and rationale for design emanate. Most of my pieces begin with my affection for some object. I then reinvent the object by obstructing and/ or enhancing it. I intended to create a rather lengthy post discussing the possibility of my being ENTJ with a narrow emphasis on Thinking and Judging which made me almost ENFP. Instead, I am reeling from a document found in the Meyers-Briggs folder — my pediatrician’s record from 1954-1959. The record of my birth and my polio vaccines and the like. This document opened up a prolific wellspring of speculation (?) as it revealed the truth behind many of my mother’s attitudes and comments throughout her lifetime regarding me and how perfect I am… how perfect I was, how beautiful, as an infant. In particular, she and my dad always said they were ready to move to Arizona if necessary if I ever showed signs of asthma. My dad contracted typhoid fever as a child around 1920 (and had a brother die while lying next to him as they each tried to overcome it while convalescing in the living room of their home in Cincinnati) and this near death from typhoid fever resulted in my dad’s severe asthma. I thought this would be where my asthma (if I had it) would come from … but that’s all speculation. Onward to my work and later to a discussion of cyanotic birth trauma in 1954.

Here are some illustrations of my work:


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