I was once told that a masterpiece was not intended to be the defining achievement of a person, but simply a testament to their having learned all that the master had to teach them. The masterpiece represented the point at which the student could begin to contribute to the art form in new and original ways.
This idea created for me a motif for learning. Rather than thinking about learning as a liner progression to a final definitive end point, learning can be a process of coming to multiple beginnings. Each beginning is an opportunity to contribute originality, enriching what was and creating new beginnings.
In this way I move from the idea of static masterpieces that we replicate in a line, to one where every masterpiece creates the possibility of originality, enriching and thickening the possibilities of what can come next, fanning out in all directions.