Emma Marie Horn Photography Margaret Thatcher

‘Tribute To Margaret Thatcher On Her Death’ (2013), retrospect of HSC body of work (2011)

“Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.”

– Salvador Dali

Art is fundamentally pointless. It serves no survival function.

It is a waste of time.

And I like wasting time.

I’m very glad that Salvador Dali held to the view stated above. If not for imitation, I would not have entered the art world.

For my preliminary HSC, I made a series of oil paintings re-appropriating Salvador Dali’s Persistence of Memory with iPods and vinyls in place of clocks.

During my HSC in 2011, I experimented with a series of re-appropriated Dr. Seuss book covers. I later submitted for marking a series of linoleum reduction prints of the famous political faces from the four corners of the world – along with their fateful, ill-advised quotations. My favourite of which was this truism by the late Soviet premier, Joseph Stalin:

“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our people have guns, why should we let them have ideas.”

 

They say ‘imitation is the best form of flattery’. If that be so, my works are more than flirtatious.