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  •  I was stuck (2+ / 0-)
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    on a mixed media piece I was doing about immigration. I had the background, a very faint combination of images derived from very stereotypical cartoons from Mexico, Cuba, India, Nigeria, Russia, that I wanted to use. I had the inset: the Tetrarchs of ancient Rome that I had carved out of a piece of soapstone tile; but I didn't have the overlay that would tie it all together.
    My spouse took me to the Metropolitan Museum where I saw a small, exquisitely carved statue of Hanuman. It was perfect. I took that picture home, blew it up, and carved it in plexiglass where it would cast a shadow on the whole piece.
    I didn't carve that figure, I didn't carve the Tetrarchs, I didn't invent the cartoons, but the whole is mine. What is plagiarism? If you use something wholesale and keep the meaning of the original in its original context: that is coming a little to close to the line. Changing the context is changing the meaning.

    You..ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones

    by northsylvania on Sun May 12, 2013 at 03:15:10 PM PDT

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    •  Sounds like a beautiful piece. (2+ / 0-)
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      The plexi overlay,genius. How large is your final piece?
      & yes,we agree that changing the context is changing the meaning. Sometimes without anyone doing anything physical  to the object at all ;) Timey-wimey.

      "George RR Martin is not your bitch" ~~ Neil Gaiman

      by tardis10 on Sun May 12, 2013 at 03:30:43 PM PDT

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