“I take offense when my art is labeled derivative, even if the opinions are well-intentioned. I know it’s just a word, but my art transforms the original into something different, adding new expression over and above the earlier work. I prefer the term “appropriation,” which refers to the use of borrowed elements in the creation of a new piece.”
This is from a fantastic piece by Scott Blake, on his run-in with Chuck Close (who seems to be an enormous dick; who knew?!) over Blake’s work, inspired by the pixelated portraits that Close is so famous for, and rich because of… well worth reading in its entirety here.