I posted a graphic of this quote on my other blog, but thought the words were perfect for this one too.
“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 not-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.”
The photo I included is by Austrian Gustave Klimt, who I love. The painting is called ‘The Kiss.’ I love the collage style of his paintings as well as the colors, how they pop out from the gold. I have a tapestry with three of his works included in it.