There are plenty of things that set humans apart from even our most intelligent planetary cohabitants. Here’s one that fascinates me in particular — we replicate in effigy as well as in response to our biological mandate. Which is to say, we create more of ourselves, reproducing in the same way that the rest of the animal kingdom does, but also in more abstract ways.
The very concept of portraiture, whether through painting, drawing, photography or sculpture, reveals our desire to evoke the presence of those we miss. No other animal does this. On a different level entirely is the creation of those who have yet to exist outside of our imaginations — from invisible playmates in our childhood to the entire worlds that spring from the minds of novelists, screenwriters and artists.