Key Concepts – Appropriation


the action of appropriating something.

From Latin appropiare/ appropiatio – To make ones own. 

The lecture developed around the idea that nothing we make is new, we reconfigure, recycle and reuse things from the world around us. But the most important part of this process is that we push the ideas forward and turn past ideas into more relevant pieces for new audiences to engage with.

24 hour psycho – Douglas Gordon explores the theme of   “recognition and repetition, time and memory, complicity and duplicity, authorship and authenticity, darkness and light.”

Monk by the seaside 1810

monk by the seaside

Mystery and change represented in the single figure on the horizon, looking on to unclear skies. We can’t see the future work but we can use past work to emphasise our creations, similar to having to reference in essays to give them more gravitas.



Christina’s World      Anchor and Hope

Andrew Wyeth   Tom Hunter

1948   2009

Photographer mimicking a piece from the past but the two works have completely different meanings.

Appropriation research on blogspot


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Jessy Plant

A Brighton born artist, now studying a Fine Art Degree at Cardiff Met Uni.

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