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배고픈 예술

예술가의 전통적 이미지는 괴팍한 기인(奇人)에 가깝다. “굉장히 열심히 세수도 않고 다니고/때묻은 바바리 코우트의 깃을 세워 올리면서/봉두난발한 머리카락의 비듬을 자랑했거니”(박남철, ‘시인연습’)라는 구절은 괜히 나온 게 아닐 것이다. 술인 줄 알고 남의 집 화장대에서 몰래 향수를 들이켰다는 시인(천상병)부터 아예 자신의 귀 일부를 잘라버린 화가(고흐)까지, 뛰어난 예술가들에겐 온갖 기기묘묘한 일화가 따라다닌다.


내가 한 영작
ⓐThe traditional image of an artist is close to a bad-tempered eccentric. The passage in Park Nam-cheol’s “Practice to Be a Poet,” ⓑ“Artists go ⓒround without washing their face, with the collar of their coats turned up and without minding dandruff from their shaggy hair on their suit.” From a poet who ⓓis said to have drunken a perfume on a dressing table of a friend’s house mistaking it an alcoholic drink to a painter who got so depressed that he cut off his ear, there is a long queue of weird anecdotes about outstanding artists.

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The conventional image of an artist is close to a bad-tempered eccentric. The passage in Park Nam-cheol’s “Practice to Be a Poet” explains it well: “Artists go around without washing their face, with the collar of their coats turned up and without minding dandruff from their shaggy hair on their suit.” From a poet who mistook a perfume bottle on a friend’s dressing table for liquor to a painter who got so depressed that he cut off his ear, there is a long queue of weird anecdotes about outstanding artists.

Writing Tip
ⓐ The traditional → The conventional 전통적이라기 보다는 ‘기존의’라는 말로 수정
ⓑ 없음→ explains it well: 문장을 이루는 서술어가 없음, 콜론은 예를 들어 명시할 때 사용
ⓒ round → around 부사나 전치사로는 around를 씀
ⓓ is said to have drunken a perfume on a dressing table of a friend's house mistaking it an alcoholic drink → mistook a perfume bottle on a friend’s dressing table for liquor 불필요하게 복잡한 구조를 간단하게 수정



하지만 현실에서 가난은 예술가의 창작을 방해하는 고통일 뿐이다. 최근 지병과 굶주림에 시달리던 30대 시나리오 작가가 월셋방에서 숨진 채로 발견됐다. 지난해 말엔 인디뮤지션 ‘달빛요정역전만루홈런’이 지하 전셋방에서 뇌출혈로 사망했다. 이들의 배고픔 뒤엔 가수가 곡당 몇십원밖에 음원 수익을 나눠받지 못하고, 시나리오를 써도 영화 제작이 안 되면 원고료를 제대로 받을 수 없는 등 창작자를 홀대하는 모순이 있다. 모순이 있는 한 예술가는 춥고 배고프기만 할 뿐 재능을 펼치기란 요원하다. 신들린 듯한 열정만으로 천재가 되는 건 그 옛날 르네상스 시대에서나 가능했던 일일 테니까.

내가 한 영작
In reality, however, poverty is nothing but pain that obstructs ⓐcreative activities of artists. Recently, a ⓑscenario writer in her 30s was found dead in her rented room. And at the end of last year, a ⓒmusician of an independent rock band died of brain hemorrhage in his rented ⓓroom in the basement. The economic hardship of artists derives from social contradiction that gives unfair treatment to artists: Singers get only a few scores of won from sound source earnings, and screenwriters are not paid for their script if it doesn’t get made into a film. As long as such contradictions persist, it is difficult to expect artists to demonstrate their real talent. The era in which artists could become geniuses with only passion and obsession may now be over.

Korea JoongAng Daily 에디터가 수정한 문장
In reality, however, poverty is nothing but pain that obstructs artists’ creativity. Recently, a screenwriter in her 30s was found dead in her rented room. And at the end of last year, a member of an independent rock band died of brain hemorrhage in his rented basement room. The economic hardships of artists derive from a social contradiction that gives them unfair treatment: Singers get only a few scores of won for their songs, and screenwriters aren’t paid for their script if it doesn’t get made into a film. As long as such contradictions persist, it is difficult to expect artists to demonstrate their real talent. The era in which artists could become geniuses with only passion and obsession may now be over.

Writing Tip
ⓐ creative activities of artists → artists’ creativity 간결하게 수정
ⓑ scenario writer → screenwriter scenario writer라는 표현도 쓰나 하나의 개념어로 수정했음
ⓒ musician → member 밴드에 속하면 당연히 음악가임, 밴드에 속한 음악가가 아니라 밴드의 일원이라고 표현해야 논리적으로 타당함
ⓓ room in the basement → basement room 간단한 표현으로 수정
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