February 23, 2005

Decay of the Lying

I am highly irritated and offended by the word's of Wilde in "The Decay of the Lying" He says that "Life imitates art far more than Art imitates life." He gives an example of a Greek woman giving a painful birth while admiring a statue of Apollo, hoping that she will give birth to a beautiful child.

Personally, if I were giving birth, the last thing that I would want to look at would be a statue of Apollo. I would be even less concerned with producing a baby worthy of the gods. Rather, I would be more apt to render a drawing depicting my child's innocence and beauty. I would capture the beauty of his/her life, not make an attempt to reflect the art around me.

Wilde goes on, "the true disciples of the great artist are not his studio imitators, but those who become like his works of art." I take serious offense in this statement. An artist's goal is neither to became like his master in character, nor to copy his work. Rather, the goal should be to learn the techniques and imagine original ways to convey what already exists to his viewer.

Posted by MelissaTrecaso at February 23, 2005 8:00 PM