11.05.2007

By now we've all come to realize the impossibility of originality, right? {my thoughts, another instance by Stephanie DosReis, Abigail Percy's recent post}
It's a concept that needs continual dialogue. It's important to recognize the individual artistic fingerprint, I believe. But I wonder, how we can each maintain our place and voice without seemingly copying?

This morning on flickr, I saw an uncannily familiar piece, by the very talented and popular Cecilia Levy. Or what about when you do a piece and find a close match elsewhere later, by a much more popular person? Does this happen to anyone else out there, and do you feel like I do once you stumble upon the other image?

{I feel like an impostor. Like I was singing with my own voice, only to find out I was lip synching all along, despite knowing I wasn't in the slightest informed of those pieces. Like despite my own previous body of work, in relation to the popularity of others I don't have the right to the imagery of my interests and imagination.}

3 comments:

Taryn said...

Don't beat yourself up about it sk8. While there are similarities there, it's not a copy. I've always noticed that there is a collective mindset in the world that we live in. Ideas are floating out in the ether and we all feel and are inspired by similar thoughts and environments. I think this topic is discussed on Skinny LaMinx's site too (remember all those spoon prints that were popping up everywhere?).

Taryn said...

Don't beat yourself up about it sk8. While there are similarities there, it's not a copy. I've always noticed that there is a collective mindset in the world that we live in. Ideas are floating out in the ether and we all feel and are inspired by similar thoughts and environments. I think this topic is discussed on Skinny LaMinx's site too (remember all those spoon prints that were popping up everywhere?).

misti said...

To me, those pieces are inspired from nature. It is easy to "replicate" a similar artists work. I think just walking in galleries, exhibits or surfing online we all tend to pick up little tinges of pieces here and there. Originality...well, it is original. It's just a variation on a theme.