Aristotle’s aim of art…


“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance; for this, and not the external mannerism and detail, is true art.”  Aristotle.

I hope I’m not alone in being struck by the relevance of the great old man’s adage…

It’s been particularly of resonance this week, as I’ve been revisiting an unfinished play, thinking about characterisation, how to reveal the personalities, dynamics, independent and intertwined histories of the figures I’m making up; the importance of subtext – that wonderful tension from ‘what lies beneath’ – and the impact these energies have when in collision. And then I came across this quotation and it encouraged me to dig deeper, to think about consequential action and what is suggested, not said outright: what is glimpsed rather than outwardly revealed, and to explore how to externalise the hidden, inner life.

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