Mimesis is the imitation of life in art and literature. You know your painting exhibits mimesis when the viewers try to pick the flowers from the canvas.
You’ve probably heard that life imitates art. Well, when art imitates life, it’s mimesis. Originally a Greek word, meaning “imitation,” mimesis basically means a copycat, or a mimic. Mimesis might be found in a play with a realistic setting or in a particularly life-like statue. The word is also used in biology for a disease that shows characteristics of another illness. You can remember the definition of mimesis by thinking about a mime imitating an action.