Where does inspiration end and copying begin?
Artists and their famous muses always go hand in hand. So do the famous back handed tales of copied work, lifting off the work etc.Artists are also known to create many similar works surrounding one major theme.
Artists take inspiration from everywhere, their nearby surroundings, seemingly innocuous actions they often observe.For artists are observers first, doers next.
They collect what they observe and then create a work of art based on the issues that touch them most.Sometimes, in this process, it is entirely possible to get influenced by some icon, some heroic character, or anything.
Now when the inspiration is drawn from a living person, his actions, and thoughts, like Mahatma Gandhi, the reaction to the work is different.
But when, the artist is influenced by another artist's work, the criticism is often heavy and comes with surgical precision.
Works often turn out to be alike following thought processes that are entirely different. When one is following the evolution of culture, sometimes ending up in the same mindset is inevitable. And in the liberal art world, why is it so inexcusable that works are inspired from other artists works?
We have met many artists who shrink away from the words 'being inspired'. The work can be from an original thought or can be inspired by someone else. But its his work none the less.
The first step to eliminating the taboo about getting inspired by other artist's works is to be at peace with the fact that simply because an artist inspires you doesn't make you any less of an artist.So where does inspiration end and copying begin, according to you?