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Re: Meaning

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R. Moore (ronmoore)
Mon, 1 Mar 1999 16:08:48 -0800 (PST)

Betty from Oklahoma mentions that, as an artist, she resists the idea that
all artworks are "of" something. Fair enough. But, meaning something is
not the same thing as being of something, is it? Nor does meaning
something reduce to being the product of a source (Betty's example was
that some artworks have sources that are painful, and hence not
comfortable for the artist to discuss). The source of my current
inspiration might be anger I feel at my sister's superior cello-playing,
but the painting I create doesn't MEAN that; instead it's a depiction of
Henry V's triumph at Agincourt. (By the way, I have no sister; she
doesn't play the cello, and I don't paint--especially scenes of