‎elyas harris‎

Extreme Creativity has allowed me to begin to examine arts as a means of self exploration.  It has encouraged me to think about identity fragmentation, incorporation, expression, and presentation. 

~~ Elyas Harris

Elyas Harris

"My concept of race in society was very important to me because it is based in relationship and historical context. I saw race as the only fixed element of a person’s identity. My mother used to tell me the only two things I had to do in life were 'stay black and die.' This thought resonates in my identity and connects me to a universal 'black consciousness.' Professor Riley and the novel Desire for Race utilized a creative idea that broke the boundaries of perception. We relied as individual so much on physicality and phenotypes to make strangers less strange to us. Our discussion in this class brought us back to perception and challenged us to think about how we perceive physical characteristic."