Re: Extropic art: symbolism, interpretation & association

Sarah Marr (
Mon, 17 Mar 1997 11:51:50 +0000

At 23:09 15/03/97 +0000, Kathryn Aegis wrote:
>>Art, like its proper subset writing, has no particular purpose beyond
expressing ideas.
>Actually, if the artist decides that the piece of art serves a
>particular purpose, then it serves a particular purpose.

This isn't always true. The most an artist can do is hope that a piece of
art will serve the purpose she/he desires and do her/his utmost to create
the work in a manner which is most likely to fulfil that purpose. The
artist who wishes to demonstrate the selflessness and purity of Jesus by
painting him on a cross may only succeed in showing a criminal being killed
if the picture is viewed by peoples unaware of Christianity and its story.

Artists are as capable of failure as anyone else.


Sarah Kathryn Marr