Guess it's time to stop agonizing over the essay portion. (Ugh, essays.
I'm awful at them.)How does my piece speak visual?
One definition for "speak" is "to exchange thoughts." So I took the phrase "speak visual" to mean the exchange of thoughts through a visual medium.
However, an exchange is nothing if not mutual. I've given you my part, and now I feel I must ask my viewer: what do you
see in my piece? I can tell you what I meant, but just like a bad speaker or a bad writer, I can convey that idea so horribly that the viewer can't help but take it differently than the way I meant. Why did I name the piece "Precious Discovery"? Because of the hearts? Because of the logo? Am I making a crass commercial statement, or being playful? Are none of these questions applicable? What thoughts does this piece convey to you?
The thing that is simultaneously an advantage and a disadvantage in trying to speak visually is that each viewer has his or her own interpretation that can be taken many ways; there are very few "right" or "wrong" answers. To one person, this piece is a pretty picture. To another, it's a deep statement about what we consider to be treasures. To still another, it means nothing except that it's lazy or abstract. Or pretentious, or insipid, or technically flawed. When making art, you are baring your soul to the world. Everything you think and don't think, both consciously and unconsciously, can be seen in your pieces.
I can talk all I want about what this piece means to me, and while it will have some weight, the meaning of the picture still belongs primarily to the viewer, and they are free to feed me their interpretation as they see fit. I don't see this as a bad thing. It is an exchange
What do you think?---
Please hit "download" for the contest-sized version of this piece. In the interest of giving the viewer a chance to comfortably view the whole piece (the way it would be viewed in a physical medium), I've opted to make the full-view 900 pixels wide, which will fit on anyone's monitor without having to scroll to see the full piece. However, due to the way deviantART resizes the pictures you submit, this can make the full-view look a great deal more blurry than it otherwise would. Please keep this in mind.
Thanks to =deadlyMETAL for his helpful critique.