THE SURREAL SELF
"I get bored of seeing my own face" Is the quote from Kanye West that first inspired this piece. It got me thinking how surreal and strange it must really be to have all these videos and photos of yourself often at your worst and best being replayed over and over as a part of public record, almost taking a life of their own as people interpret them in different ways. I can only imagine the almost eerie feeling of seeing so many warped versions of yourself in a way creating a media self that takes your qualities that the public see as most entertaining and exaggerate them to eventually become a caricature of the original self. But what's interesting about Kanye is that in some ways he seems to embrace this. Kanye often talks about after hes gone, his legacy and impact on the world he'll eventually leave behind. Kanye doesn't seem to be afraid of things that other celebrities are like speaking his mind at questionable times and fear of losing his money or fame. But perhaps he embraces his fear of not being able to achieve all he can while hes here as motivation to do as much as possible, and embraces his many "media surreal Self's" as leaving behind as many pieces of himself as possible to fight his fear of being forgotten. It's not often you see an artist who's both true to their craft and hugely embrace the lime light and fame. Love him or hate him, you must admit there's a reason why he stands out.