Monday, April 6, 2009


This may be hard to read, so I'll quote:

"Nothing is original.  Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination.  Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs,  poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows.  Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.  If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.

Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.  

And don't bother concealing your thievery- celebrate it if you feel like it.  In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said; "It's not where you take things from- it's where you take them to"

(Jim Jarmusch is the director of 'Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai' and 'Coffee and Cigarettes')


Maki said...

Hello:) First time visiting - I saw your photo on Joanna's blog..

It is such a beautifully written passage!! So true!!!

sn said...

thank you! glad you found me!

i agree with it completely too.... many artists feel guilt from borrowing and reworking ideas that already exist, but that's what art and design are all about.... taking something that works and making it better, different, applying it to something else.
thats how art evolves over time, no?



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