The Trouble with Metaphor

And the radical autonomy of art

Photo and art studio of author

“Don’t give me what the artwork stands for; give me the thing itself,” I’d say to my former college-level art students.


That’s the trouble with metaphor. Many of my students were taught it equaled art. They were trained to come up with something that represented something else. Of course, sometimes, to get…



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Bradley Wester

Bradley Wester

Visual Artist & Nonfiction Writer; New agented memoir: “ARTIST UNDERWATER, A Journey to the Surface”—From Southern Gothic New Orleans to the New York art world.