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172.366 Anti-mimesis jpg | by HelenHates Peas
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172.366 Anti-mimesis jpg

There’s long been a philosophical question of whether art is more likely to imitate life (mimesis) or life is more likely to imitate art (anti-mimesis).


Oscar Wilde a champion of anti-mimesis, opined in his 1889 essay The Decay of Lying that, "Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life". In the essay, written as a Platonic dialogue, Wilde holds that anti-mimesis "results not merely from Life's imitative instinct, but from the fact that the self-conscious aim of Life is to find expression, and that Art offers it certain beautiful forms through which it may realise that energy.


The title of this portrait arose from the evolution of the piece itself. I've been coming to cat-sit in London since 2015 and this is my third stay. I noticed this graffiti in Crouch End the very first time I came, but somehow all the best intention of pulling together a portrait dissolved during the trip and once again it was left an unrealised idea.


This year I promised myself I would attempt it, even if it didn't work, I would at least try. It took 30 mins of trying to find something I liked. This composition is something I have done before several times during this project.


Originally I wasn't wearing my yellow coat, but after 30 mins of shooting it was getting cold and starting to rain so I didn't care. It was then I realised that I was actually dressed to match the graffiti which has happened before in the past :) Sometimes Art can imitate life :)



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Taken on November 16, 2018