Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Question Wednesday: thoughts on "counterfeit neglect"

I was doing my art history reading last night, and was reading about this beautiful English garden of the Romanticism and Neoclassicism period, the Park at Stourheard (see image below).
yes, that is a miniature Roman Pantheon "replica" in the back
Beautiful, isn't it? The textbook uses the phrase "counterfeit neglect" to describe it. Quote, "...effects that imitated the appearance of a natural rural landscape—while it was, in fact, carefully designed and manicured."

In simpler language: It looks like the owner doesn't give a sh*t but he actually cares very much.

The concept of "counterfeit neglect" really caught my eye because I think it still applies to modern days. It explains people's inexplicable adoration of "bedhead," messy braids, slightly unkempt homes, and intentionally half-buttoned shirt. 

Don't get me wrong—I love this kind of style. However, my question is, why is it that people put so much effort into looking casual, or even messy? Is it because it's intimidating, since it isn't fancy or impeccable?

What do you think?
Vanessa :]


  1. and second question. my natural hair style is bedhead. when i wake up, it's just there. and it won't go away. why on earth would anyone want that/take the time to make it look like they just woke up? if you don't look like you just woke up when you've just woken up then you are a god :P
    (i would also like to live in that picture)

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