Not “who owns this image”… But rather, who’s getting paid for this image… And not just talking about the payment/power to the Artist or maker of it.
Who, in the whole system, is getting paid/attaining power through someone’s (artist) image/made object/idea? How is it that the image has actually enslaved the maker? Or, even more, how has the maker (artist) allowed the situation become that which what they made/make has the ability to enslave them?
What disfunction in art or in an artist today has allowed such a possibility to come into existence?
Fear of not being loved? Fear of death?
Such fears have no place in the art we all try to pledge allegiance to – we should know better. We are in many ways fooling ourselves or pretending to be the artist that we only are brave enough to talk about, as opposed to actually becoming.
We all may be talking the talk, however, it may be time the Artist stands up and challenges the master. The Master being the fearful ego of the artist, that allows such a situation to exist at all.
If the Artist can challenge the Master, the greater social systems will follow suit, or will at least have an example for disrupting such a contagious disfunction.
Continued conversation in comments below…
Plus, video from the discussion: