15 Artists Answer: How Has Exploring Creativity Helped You Find Your Identity

From Christine and the Queens to Big Freedia

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Whether we consciously realize it or not, our every action shapes us in some way, be it big or small, and helps us learn a little bit more about ourselves. And the human impulse to create is perhaps among the most telling. We don't create or absorb art out of the need for survival, although it may sometimes feel like it—we do it because it helps us become more connected to the people around us and most importantly, our true identities.

Ahead, we ask 15 artists about the impact of creativity and self-expression in relation to their identity.