It was Sir Isaac Newton that anglicised the expression “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
I believe that the social responsibility of the artist grows in proportion to the platform he/she stands on.
In efforts to further my reach, I study the works of those whom I feel can broaden and raise my platform.
“Good artists copy, while great artists steal” – Pablo Picasso
Be humble, be relentless in your pursuit of knowledge, be curious across disciplines, be welcoming of the unknown, be strong-willed – for it is only through the acquisition of these traits that you will gain the courage to stand on the shoulders of giants.