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I keep returning to this WePresent post from a few years ago – Is it mine if I add some yellow? – that features the work of Dutch artist B. D. Graft, who has … well, he’s added some yellow. It raises interesting questions about artistic ownership, copyright and the concept of culture-as-collage; issues increasingly on my mind, the further I delve into using and adapting found images in my own work. Take this first piece: who/where is its author? Is it the sculptor? The photographer that shot the sculpture? The publisher of the book containing the photograph of the sculpture? Or the artist who placed a bit of yellow over the page of the book with the photograph of the sculpture? Does any of it matter as long as I get to look at nice big blobs of that very particular shade of of almost-orange yellow that has lived in my heart since getting a Scalextric Ayrton Senna Lotus for my 14th birthday?

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