Thursday, February 02, 2006

Art is an expression of human life, so art is mainly imitating life

The bird is imitating art, but he cannot be consciously doing it because he lacks the mental capacity to imitate art. This is a funny picture and goes along with Oscar Wilde’s essay, so I wanted to include it.

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines nature as, “the totality of physical reality exclusive of things mental”. This definition shatters Widle’s claim that life imitates art more than art imitates life. True nature in its entirety is free from the mental because it exists in an uncultivated realm. True nature cannot imitate art because nature is free from the mental.

Humans are imitative creatures. A child imitates their parents to learn new and acceptable behaviors. Life as a reflection of art, primarily atleast, doesn't work. Dewey explains art's role in life, "The self-conscious aim of life is to find expression, and Art offers it [...]". Art is an expression of life; therefore art is primarily imitating life.


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