“lllustrative Becoming” is a term artist Tausha Cox created to describe an auto-ethnographic practice of drawing that maps an individual’s past for the purpose of better understanding their artistic identity. Creating a face-to-face conversation with one’s history, the practice of illustrative becoming allows an individual to actively address memories through an intimately drawn performance of life. This approach reveals connections and themes that provide a space for identity to be found. In this work, illustrative becoming encompasses her development of a series of sketch journal drawings and illustrated collages that visually depict quiet memories. As a black female, Ms. Cox has chosen to share her personal story through drawings about her racial history to better understand how her culture influences her artistic voice and her educational practice. Each collage represents her past, present and future relationships with her race and how it influences her art. Ms. Cox invites viewers to imagine their story and accept the challenge of creating their own collage map and their own journey of illustrative becoming.
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