I recently posted an emotional/personal “sculpture” entitled Self Portrait Of The Artist As An Old Person. It is an attempt by me to express disability/poverty/pain/ insecurity/ dissassociation/living in an able bodied world. I made it from my favorite medium: wood. I got many comments and appreciate all of the folks who did so. But I received no comment at all from one fella, but 2 days later he posted a copy of my art. He was kind enough to say he copied from me, and I appreciate that he “Manned up”, but I feel violated and said so on his posting. Are there other artists here on LJ, that understand this? What would be the appropriate way to view other’s ideas and inject them into our own work? Should we go to the artist and post and say we like it very much and could we copy it? Would that be polite? Should we be so blatant in our reproductions? Or should we have to do interpretive changes for our own work? Let me know what ya’ll think on this.
-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.