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"Occasionally, there comes into existence a bond between artist and model that projects their relationship beyond the boundaries of the purely physical. When a model becomes a muse, life and art become impossible to disentangle. She is the single figure acting as the initiating force in the creative process. And sometimes she will continue to be involved in that process long after the canvas is completed. Whatever her bodily relationship to the artist - whether it is sexual, platonic or familial - she will exert a unique influence over his work. If the relationship between artist and model is tenuous at the best of times, when the model becomes a muse, the results can be cataclysmic."
Carly Wilkie Steven, © 2006
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