Friday, January 18, 2008

...but is it art?

I remember with annoyance one of the first lessons learned at art college. A fellow student handed in a well-rendered portrait of a long-haired cat. While technically brilliant, with good composition, it was, due to subject matter alone, designated kitsch.
While portraits of people (of self and others), by tradition, fell instantly into the category of fine art, animals were an obvious taboo in a school that posed as a champion of artistic freedom.
Today I chose to give my dogs and myself equal treatment. We are all animals afterall.

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