[Clayart] wiggly wire

Paul Gerhold gerholdclay at gmail.com
Fri Jul 15 15:35:01 EDT 2016

It is interesting that you single out tribal or third world culture when you say things like "when I refer to the misappropriation of cultural imagery/ iconography , I am talking about irresponsibly copying stuff that is the original creation of a tribal or third world culture with no real understanding"  This strikes me personally as somewhat patronizing as if for some reason their imagery need more protection than first world imagery which can also be  appropriated in a trivial way without any real understanding.  

Perhaps I am reading you statement incorrectly but copying any cultural/ religious symbolism without understanding is the same whether the symbol is first world, third world, tribal, or religious.


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> On Jul 14, 2016, at 10:39 PM, Vince Pitelka via Clayart <clayart at lists.clayartworld.com> wrote:
> Terry wrote:
> "It has been said that there is no virginity in art.   All most all modern day imagery derives from someone else's culture or tribal beginnings.  If anyone experiences other cultures, they will have this imagery in their tool box of ideas."
> Hi Terry - 
> I agree completely, but this really has nothing to do with what I wrote.  Being influenced by cultures, imagery, ideas, experiences is inevitable, because we have to take in information and process it in order to produce ideas or create.  When I refer to the misappropriation of cultural imagery/iconography, I am talking about irresponsibly copying stuff that is the original creation of a tribal or third-world culture with no real understanding or appreciation of that culture.  There are no rules governing things that aren't patented or copyrighted, but I just hope that people will have a certain level of respect and common sense.  
> I have often repeated a quote from Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry - "Imitate, assimilate, innovate."  We often imitate something as a learning experience, but then hopefully we assimilate the things that have affected us positively, and then originate something new.
> - Vince
> Vince Pitelka
> Appalachian Center for Craft
> Tennessee Tech University
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