Fitted for You

Agnus Martin was an artist who considered herself an abstract expressionist. I found her take on abstract ideas quite interesting. In one of her examples, she tried to portray innocence. She explains how some may use metaphors, but emphasizes how you shouldn’t over-rely as it will wrongly define both terms. In this example, it would be the lamb and innocence. So, is there a right way to accurately portray abstract ideas?

An abstract is a thought, concept, or idea that is not a physical thing. One example of this is love. What’s the first thing that pops up in your mind that you consider as showing love? To me, it’s through food. It could be either cooking, buying, honestly anything that is food. But to some, love may be defined as showing affection, like hugs. Basically, there are many ways to define what love is. There is no right or wrong way to define it because it isn’t one-dimensional. Another example of this is success. Everyone has a different idea of what it means to be successful. To me, it’s having a stable job living in the middle class. To some, being successful maybe being rich and living in a mansion. There’s a big spectrum and again, it just depends on you.

To answer my own question, I feel as there is no right way to portray abstract ideas. Everyone can make an answer for themselves that is uniquely fitted into their own standards and beliefs. That is the beauty of individuality.



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