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A professor I once had was always probing students for the core of what made people want to create. She was little interested in what socialized rationale students offered, because it was usually safe to say in front of others, and probably a string of half truths. Some, out of frustration, would finally divulge, in fact, what they feared, rather than what they hoped. Interestingly, right there, you could see that person, their disgust with what the truth of their motivation. What had fueled their desire was its other: revulsion turned on themselves and their current identity.

About Author

Matthew Gamber is a Boston-based artist with a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts / Tufts University. He has taught at Art Institute of Boston / Lesley University, Boston College, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, College of the Holy Cross, Savannah College of Art & Design, and Massachusetts College of Art & Design and worked on digital preservation projects for Harvard University and the Boston Public Library. Matthew was the Editor in Chief of Big Red & Shiny from 2004 to 2010.

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