I paint and sculpt neither to express my feelings nor to share my perceptions of the world with others. Rather, I engage in so-called artistic activities in order to revise my own comprehension of my objects. Thus, I paint, not to record what I see but to change it; to understand differently my prior conceptions of the true, the real, and the imaginary. I seek to generate new visions and thoughts by replacing and/or updating my previous onesâ€”whether internal or external (which can be indistinguishable). I work in order to comprehend the life world, not because I already do.
Daniel Wade Barrett earned his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Arizona State University and his BA from Wesleyan University, and is currently a Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology at Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT. Prior to joining WCSU, Dr. Barrett served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Health Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2016 his textbook, Social Psychology: Core Concepts and Emerging Trends, was published by Sage Publications. His research interests include suspicion, persuasion, social influence, and cross-cultural psychology. When not teaching and writing about psychology, he thinks, paints, and works with wood at his home in Redding, CT.