Perfection . . . that ideal state. The word is thrown about carelessly. We describe a cake as ‘perfect,’ when obviously it will not be, under scrutiny. It could however, have been created by a master in the art, and be better than most cakes, and worthy of a competition win.
The achievement of perfection is theroretical, clearly. And mastery? Mastery of an art, science or craft implies a plateau of improvement considered to be higher than most achieve. Should not every artisan aim at mastery? In mastery is found a level of craftsmanship or knowledge that might lead to one’s work being judged ‘perfect.’
Perfect scores exist in sport; Nadia’s perfect 10 in gymnastics; Torvil & Dean’s perfect set of 6.0 in ice dancing. And there have been others. Yet these are human judgements of achievement; of mastery. Le Corbusier had mastery in architecture; Freud (the painter) in portraiture; the brothers Wright in flight. What would you have mastery in?