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Originality

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amanda clarke (clarkea@s-cwis.unomaha.edu)
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 15:12:41 -0500 (CDT)


In my college classes, I was encouraged to "appropriate" images. Artists
borrow ideas and images from one another, and from one period to the next,
Modern Art is just one example of where artists borrowed ideas from the
classical artists to critique what that artist and work stood for.

However, in borrowing the image, I was instructed to "make it my own".

There is a difference in copying a work of art down to the brush stroke,
to copying a select portion out of a work of art. In the first case, some
teachers and professors have a student copy a work or an artist to
understand how such works were created. Copying a work of art and passing
it off as your own is wrong.

Selecting a portion of a work and reproducing it in your own work has been
done by numerous artists. It is used in a variety of ways, such as
critiquing or paying homage to a particular view or artist. Is it
acceptable or legal? I do not know.

Amanda Clarke
clarkea@s-cwis.unomaha.edu