In looking at a piece of classical art I find that there is usually one aspect of it that attracts me more than another aspect. An interesting figure, tree, building, animal or object grabs my attention. I am fascinated by it and want to possess that portion and make it my own somehow. In this project I have done that by extracting the portion of interest and blending it with some area of the interior of my house. This is my way of “possessing” the attractive image element. The extracted image is now mine because its context is my house. Our perception of the appropriated image fragment can also change dramatically when seen in its new context.
"To appropriate is to take possession of something. Appropriation artists deliberately copy images to take possession of them in their art. They are not stealing or plagiarizing. They are not passing off these images as their very own. Not at all. Appropriation artists want the viewer to recognize the images they copy, and they hope that the viewer will bring all of his/her original associations with the image to the artist's new context, be it a painting, a sculpture, a collage, a combine or an entire installation."
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