Soft gentle curves and sharp jagged edges – they can all have different meanings and affect individuals in complex ways. Many artists like to use shapes to convey certain feelings through this kind of visual thinking.
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe
When we typically think of shapes, we think of them geometrically. Circles, squares, triangles – the common ones. But what about the organic ones? The abstract shapes? They can all spark interest in the audience and work together to reinforce a theme.
Circles, for example, represent the “eternal whole.” There is no beginning or end, and they can bring a sense of love to a room. They exemplify solid protection.
Spirals count as shapes too, and they bring to life a whole new world of creativity. They can be viewed as representing flexibility and change.
Many artists tell a story. The next time you cannot find the meaning, ask yourself: Is it in the shapes?