Artist and Model: Authority and Authorship issues.

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The Potter’s Table 1, acrylic on canvas, 22”x22”, 12/2010

The Potter’s table is a two-set painting depicting the potter’s table, and his works. I have been fascinated by the near-magical powers the creative person has, to influence his work, and to assert his authority as author.

This was one of the major reasons for becoming an artist-to savour the power of (re)creating. The artist soon identifies his responsibility to his work, the only place where he has absolute control. Man has always fought for personal freedom. I recall how pleased I was, when in literature classes in secondary school, we were introduced to Free verse as a writing style in Poetry. It was a similar feeling when we started learning about Abstract Art and other Art movements whose only reason for being called Art was because an artist called it that.

Of course, many governments have questioned how people have used their freedom, and even taken action to curb these freedoms when they affect them negatively. Recently, the international media has broadcast the trials of Julian Assange, who seems to be the new champion of journalistic freedom.

The Potter’s table references the Christian bible’s story of the Pot and The Potter. One verse says- can the pot say to the potter, ‘why have you made me so?’ This verse alludes to how we humans as creatures should not question the immutable actions of God, who made us for Himself.

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