Is our culture created from the bottom up, or top down? Which images and stories do we use to give ourselves a meaningful life, and what sets of values accompany them? Who creates the canon, and how is it overturned?
Often, my respect and love for great sculptors like Michelangelo and Rodin gets in the way of my own creative process. The quantity and quality of their work is intimidating. Why create anything if the past is unsurpassable? Sometimes the only way to get anything done at all is to aggressively and naively dismiss them. You know.. “I know you’re great, but fuck you anyway.”