Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Copying work has been copied. Once I came across a reproduction of one of my jewelry designs on display in a gallery I might have enjoyed showing in. Such revelations never make me happy, but mainly for reasons you might not expect.

No one creates in a vacuum. Everything experienced on a conscious and unconscious level impacts our self-expression. Inspired by the world around us, we attempt to find our own creative center and define an individual point of view.

Inspired by the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky.

Every artist knows the difference between being inspired and copying. Inspiration is a positive influence. It ignites a creative spark and encourages self-discovery. Copying has the opposite effect. It cancels out the opportunity to find our unique vision because it circumvents our inner creative process.

This was one of the most valuable ideas I explored with students when I taught art. The issue of copying concerns
self-awareness and being clear about personal motivation. For instance, I know that I create to discover my authentic, evolving aesthetic. Connecting with my artist-self is the most dynamic part of my process. Growth expands and transforms my perspective as well as my output. What I go through to produce my work is as important as any actual piece I make. It's often more important as it shapes the character of my art.
Read what other artists in the Snow Leopard Network think about copying: Andes Cruz, Jewelry by Natsuko, Beth Cyr, Tosca Teran, Tamra Gentry, Mary Spencer, Thomasin Durgin, Susan Moloney, Rosy Revolver.