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Rachel Townsend's picture

Art, science, interpretation...

Our discussion on Thursday really got me thinking about the two examples Paul put up on the board.  It was interesting to me that I preferred the drawing that we ended up deciding was abstract because I generally don't find myself like abstract art over representative art.  But this got me thinking about representative art... I think that representative art is "mimetic" as we were saying but that it also attempts to go beyond that.  As someone mentioned during our discussion, the chair could also have been interpreted as a waterfall and I think that this is what still makes representative art interesting, that it goes beyond the surface mimetic image.  Art is about imbuing those things that it represents with feelings or emotions or other associations.

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