“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.”