#630 Most Details Are Redundant

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Zen Museum #630-Most Details Are Redundant By Dutch Den Bosch Artist Zen Dageraad

In art and life
Most details are redundant
They even often
Distract from interesting ideas
However, they are everywhere
And always present anyway
But the fewer
The better their
Relative impact

Most details in art (and life) are redundant. I probably only believe this because my work isn't that exact. Of course, my art does contain detail -- it's impossible not to have detail if you're portraying anything, especially if you've been doing it for a while. But when I think about 'detailed' work, I think about purposefully capturing small elements relating to the idea of the art piece. Instead, I focus only on what makes the idea engaging. And then, I use details solely to make those few elements more intriguing. However, someone might call my art redundantly detailed, and I might prefer a needlessly detailed piece over one with few. So it's all just arbitrary gatekeeping in the end.


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