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How to Become a Non-Artist


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In the winter of 2006, I started observing my son Einar’s experiments with form. Einar was creating small arrangements around the house, combining objects or moving them to new places. I documented the arrangements, wondering if a four-year-old related more freely to objects and meaning, or if he had any concept of composition.

These are two egg cups. Einar arranged them on the edge of the sofa, unaware of his actions until I took out the camera:

Some days later, he hung a hanger from another hanger and held them up.

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