April 20th, 2006

me: ooh!

Ars Moriendi

Memento Mori

I think I admire Banksy in part because he quickly grasped not only the futility of trying to prevent others from stealing or copying your work but also the danger involved in attaching your identity to it once you've shared it. Unless you let go of it completely, or create a false persona to which it can be attached, you set yourself up to have your judgment twisted by others. Creative work takes time and energy, so unless you have another means by which to make a living that doesn't completely sap you, or you have a patron, a visual artist can't afford this luxury. If you have it, you should take it, or it's very likely that your passion will be crushed by your ego. By relinquishing your identity, you can die while you're still alive.