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THE MALE MUSE ~ 05-01-24

Updated: May 8

"The ‘Muse’ is not an artistic mystery, but a mathematical equation, the gift" from which comes "those ideas you think of as you drift to sleep. The giver" however, "is that one you think of when you first awake" (Roman Payne), and number one in the equation.

And "while there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see." (Dorothea Lange)

For, in fact, the camera has perfect memory.

But "the 'male' muse however, is an unaccountably rare thing in art. Where does that leave female artists looking for inspiration?" (Kate Christensen) And still, "we throw at female artists this expectation that their work has to speak to the female experience. And if it doesn't, you're letting the side down. Throwing this stumbling block in the way of female artists is counter intuitive." (Eleanor Catton)


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