‘Faceloops' by Matthias Brown AKA Traceloops
The shift from copying to creating something original is a slow one. The objects already out there shape our understanding of how things usually work.
It is the desire to reinterpret a style of art, technology, or weaponry that leads to the next thing.
Developing a unique style is the culmination of making small, subjective tweaks, over time. It takes combinatorial creativity, remixing, and trial and error to develop a style we can call our own.
Reproduction kick starts evolution.