Thursday, February 21, 2008

ars longa, vita brevis

The copy is often viewed as a travesty of an original - cheap, vulgar, failing. Still it offers insights into motive, interpretation & understanding which the pristine original denies us. It's not necessarily a comfortable insight & aesthetically it may be a bit of an abyss - it has a scary reality, a link to our being, which is not elevated or fantastic, but of the same sweat & misapprehension of our everyday. & the original may not be so wonderful after all.

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