Influence and Originality
Everything an artist does has been influenced in some way, by something or someone, somewhere… at some time. And… the same can be said of art critics as well.
I ran across the following in an article written by art critic Brian Sherwin. The full article, titled “Art and Art Criticism: The Specter of Originality”, appears in Fine Art Views, the daily newsletter from Fine Art Studio Online.
Originality is a specter– one could question, philosophically speaking, if originality exists. What matters is our individual approach and the manner in which we release our experiences and influences upon a canvas or in words. That is the triumph of art and art criticism– anything else is a mute point spurred by ego.
I just found this to be good food for thought. Personally, I don’t think of myself as terribly original or creative, so I have to work harder at what I do.