DAY 46 - 50 HOW TO BE AN ARTIST / by Debra Matlock

Exercise: Build a Life Totem
Using any material on any surface, make or draw or render a four-foot-tall totem pole of your life. From this totem, we should be able to know something about you other than what you look like or how many siblings you have. Include anything you want: words, letters, maps, photos, objects, signs. This should take no longer than a week. After a week, it’s finished. Period. Now show it to someone who does not know you well. Tell them only, “This is a totem pole of my life till now.” That’s all. It doesn’t matter if they like it. Ask them to tell you what it means about your life. No clues. Listen to what they tell you.

Well, of course I didn’t do exactly what I was supposed to. I went with the idea about each grain/ring of the tree (in the totem pole) is a year and did that as my totem on a map. It starts where I was born and then location got its own color.