They spoke her name

Mirror Image of the painting 'POES√ćA' by Alphonse Mucha

I am having another bout of insomnia and have been sitting here flicking through flickr. I came across two photos that I have to admit shook me to the bone. They were beautiful work by a very talented textile artist but...they were so stunningly similar to another textile artist whose blog I read and greatly admire that I had to stop and do a double take and make sure they weren't hers. I really am just stopped in my tracks not knowing how to feel about this. I realize and recognize that 'there is nothing new under the sun'. I myself in the recent past did a piece and shortly after stumbled upon another artists piece that was very similar to mine. Hers was better AND done before mine. There are always going to be overlaps in peoples work. We influence each other. It's one of the main reasons I love reading other peoples blogs. Seeing what other people are doing inspires me. It gets my creative juices flowing and makes my fingers itch to work. The question still remains in my mind though. Where is the line drawn? What is considered admiration of anothers techniques and what is considered outright artistic plagerism?
2 comments on "They spoke her name"
  1. No, this is clearly a copy. No way that this can be coincidence. 57 years of drawing experience tell me so.

  2. I think one thing to consider is the body of work and how it all works together, that is, if it comes from you in the first place it bears a relation to the rest of your work (even if someone does something similar, or has done something similar) - to imitate a specific piece deliberately is to miss the point.