Goff James, Subconscious, 2018
“There is a powerful need for symbolism…”
James Ensor, Masks Confronting Death,1888, © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SABAM, Brussels
© Sayed Haider Raza, Peetabh, 2012
Concepts and the use of symbolism are a complex world wide phenomena.
Many put forward the definition that symbols can suggest;
“…ideas and emphasize the meaning behind the forms, lines, shapes, and colours…[used].”
That which in the Tate’s definition of terms as an;
“…imaginary dream worlds populated with mysterious figures from literature, the bible, and …mythology.[fired] by…psychological content, particularly erotic and mystical.”
From a western perspective the word “symbol” itself derives from the Latin symbolum, a symbol of faith, and symbolus, a sign of recognition, in turn from classical Greek συμβόλον symbolon, an object cut in half constituting a sign of recognition when reassembled. The Asian Art Museum broadens this view by stating that;
“…an otherwise time-bound object…[can be transformed]…into one that symbolically creates eternal effects.”
Mariko Mori, “Compulsive Beauty” | © 360b / Alamy Stock Photo
“It is through symbols that… [humankind]…consciously or unconsciously live, work and… [have their]…being.”
© Frida Kahlo, Roots,1943
“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”
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