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what is the meaning of this expression?
I found it in an article about an Iranian artist:
"the high-rises, the consumer detritus, the nose-job fetish — it became his raw material".
Thank you in advance,
I read this article too. I quote a little more:
"Rather than (grammar purists would write 'instead of'") retreat in horror, Moshiri, who today lives in Elahieh, revealed in the changes. He mind them, the high-rises (sky-scrapers), the consumer detritus, the nose-job (nose-surgery) fetish - it become his raw material (a metaphor: subject/topic of his work).
* PS I've used the Br English spelling. Quite possibly the Optical Character Recognition software used to scan the original, seeing the American spelling with one L, thought it had better add a letter to 'correct' it; but 'revealed in' is meaningless (in this context - though it would work in a context such as this 'Their background is revealed in their ... <whatever>')
Last edited by BobK; 31-May-2010 at 18:23. Reason: Added PS
The quotation in black is from the article "Fluffy Farhad" by Negar Azimi. The green interjections are mine. Unfortunately, 'became', 'mined' and 'reveled', are mine, as well.
With regards to a metaphor, I feel that an artist can get his inspirations from an environment, which is his mine of ideas. It's my understanding. If I'm mistaken, I wash my hands of it. I'm out of my depth.
Last edited by stanislaw.masny; 31-May-2010 at 18:49.
Last edited by BobK; 31-May-2010 at 21:32. Reason: Aded last bit
Bob, thank you 'ab imo pectore'.