Mimesis

by lmuscato

Vija Celmins, Night Sky No. 22, 2001 - Charcoal on Paper 18 3/4 x 22 inches

“What if we understood mimesis not so much in terms of representation, but, as Adorno suggests in his Aesthetic Theory, literally as a form of imitation, of mimicking, of doing impressions of nature? To draw a mountain is to mimic it, and, as a form of mimicry, a magical form of becoming.

Mimesis, as a magical practice, is a question of technique: of molding your vowels, modulating the lines you draw or paint, adapting movements, as a means of activating the sympathetic relationship between you and what’s out there.”

The Banff Center