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Identity: English Language Learner


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The method Krisanamis employed for making his early paintings grew out of his way of learning English. While reading the newspaper, he would cross out each word he knew, leaving the "blank spots" to be looked up. As his English improved, the newspaper became more and more illegible.

This technique can be seen as a metaphor for the challenges faced by immigrants who do not speak the language of their adopted country. Learning a new language is an important factor in establishing identity in a new culture, but it also is only a part of a complex, long-term, and at times difficult process.

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Source: Identity: English Language Learner, from the website Global Positioning: Exploring Contemporary World Art, 2003.
Rights: Copyright 2003 Walker Art Center
Added to Site: March 1, 2009