Thursday, 25 October 2012

It's all been done before...

I think one of my reasons for struggling to get started is that the things I'm interested in have been done in abundance by lots of other artists, including some in last year's degree show at GSA.  And despite having gone through this whole 'nothing's original' issue lots of times before, it's still stopped me from trying - again!  So, I was reminded of this quote from Jim Jarmusch and I'm going to post it here, my studio, my study, my bathroom mirror, my forehead if I need to, to remind me to just get on with it, I haven't done it all before!!!

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to.”  


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