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My work addresses the duplicity of identity and the ego. It investigates the imposition of the nickname in Barbadian society. A nickname often r… Read More
My work addresses the duplicity of identity and the ego. It investigates the imposition of the nickname in Barbadian society. A nickname often replaces one’s original identity or Christian name, which in turn creates a hybrid or alter ego within an alternate reality. In my research I have realized that nicknames which are given to individuals by others, whether they have been stemmed from ridicule or admiration, tend to stick to the individuals for a lasting period of time. This ideology relates to the Lacan theory where it questions the relevance of one’s existence and identity. It states that one’s existence is relevant or one’s identity is formed or recognized based on another’s perception. The nickname hosts the same sensibility, where one can question the relevance of the Christian name if it is replaced by a nickname, but it does not mean it has been negated. This is where the alter ego is formed. I found it relevant to create a hybrid identity because a nickname can either destroy or build one’s character based on its context. I gathered my information by interviewing various people- family, friends and strangers about nicknames of individuals they remembered and asked for the stories behind them. This information has substance and adds reality to my work. Since these nicknames are originated based on targeted characteristics, physical traits or mannerisms, I express my hybrids by drawing. This allows me to render the nickname with as much exaggeration, symbolism and mark-making as possible. Read Less
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Some of the Nickname Hybrids
 
 
 
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A section of 'Android"