Okay so after looking through the gallery, reading the article, watching the video, and reading the essay about Nikki S. Lee, all I can say is that what she’s done is really amazing. Integrating herself into all those different groups and succeeding, it’s hard enough for me to talk to people in general, and she can fit in just like that! I really admire her for her dedication to her projects, she really went above and beyond with some of her projects, like going on diets, taking dance lessons, teaching herself how to skateboard, even going to a tanning salon at some points, and all just for her projects so I think it’s really cool that she’d go through all that trouble, not a lot of people would put that much effort into their work.
I think my favorite one out of all her projects is The Skateboarders Project, she really looked the part and acted it too, in the way that she taught herself how to skateboard. Learning how to skateboard is really hard and it hurts a lot in the beginning so I love that she did that. I mean she could’ve just dressed the part but she decided to teach herself how to skateboard too, so that was really cool of her.
I actually loved all her projects, even if the idea of parading around as someone you’re not is kinda scary for the people who think they know a person but really don’t, it really makes me realize that anyone can do it if they just try and play their cards right. Which only makes it even creepier but kinda of like an eyeopener too! Cause through her projects I got the idea that we can be anyone we want ourselves to be and the possibilities are endless, if Nikki S. Lee can do it then who’s to say that we can’t dress up and hang out with a different crowd? No one’s stopping us but ourselves, all it takes is a little confidence to put yourself out there.
I think that’s what I liked the most about Nikki S. Lee and her projects, “identity is not a static set of traits belonging to an individual, but something constantly changing and defined through relationships with other people”, showing us that we are always changing as people and it’s through our relationships with other people that make us who we are.