this is mine!

Often times artists complain about being copied, experiencing at the same time hopelessness and determination to protect the work. Living in a society where copying ranges from Xerox to cloning, one can walk through a range of emotions, tend to [over]react, challenge the notion of authenticity and even question the very existence of originality. How and why copying fits into our system of values? Arguably, the entire history of human culture is based on a continuous process of replication, copying as a mean of learning and improving being a characteristic human behavioural trait, the saying “good artists copy, great artists steal” regularly inspires artists, thinkers and designers alike [for some, being even their mantra] – but when is copying a bad thing? When it is done as a shortcut to success [instead of a way to understand the inner instruments of style and artistic language]?  When the copycat is pretending to be original? When the fine line between inspiration and copying is so blurred that is practically invisible?

With these questions in mind, the collection was developed as an homage to the greatest source of inspiration ever and the only artist that never points accusatory fingers, never bothers about copyright infringement, never fears petty competition, but instead, is here to remind us to stay humble – n a t u r e.