johnruskin (ThoughtStorms)

John Ruskin was the most surprising discovery during my MA at GoldSmiths. Here's a short section from an essay I wrote about ArtisticInfluences there.

Ruskin has been the most surprising discovery this year. I was attracted to him by reading a quote : “You must either make a tool of the creature or a man if him. You cannot make both.” TheStonesOfVenice

Controlling for the terminology of its day, it is easy to read a sentiment that speaks to my growing interest in “good” (non alienated, self-actualizing, socially valuable, skilled) work as a political ideal.

Three things from Ruskin impressed me particularly.


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