History and Myth

Mimesis as Imitation and Fantasia as Invention

Mimesis, basic theoretical principle in the creation of art. The word is Greek (μῑ́μησις) and means imitation (though in the sense of "re-presentation" rather than of "copying"). Plato and Aristotle spoke of mimesis as the re-presentation of nature.

(1). Music. A musical composition with a free form and often an improvisatory style. | A musical composition based on several familiar tunes.
(2). A thing composed of a mixture of different forms or styles. | Something possessing grotesque, bizarre, or unreal qualities.| The portraits in this quietly powerful exhibition show people who have risked everything for a shot at what the collage offers: a painstaking fantasia of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (Christopher Knight, "This artist’s portrait subjects: Fellow asylum seekers in the detention center," latimes.com, 22 June 2019).