Descriptions do not have to be in words. Lines, textures and colour speak faster than words to convey qualities like form, temperature, chaos and cohesion; or emotions like hate, discord – or love and harmony.
Whatever we say in words can be conveyed in the lines and shapes of an artwork. It’s a different sort of shorthand. Not necessarily quicker to create – but often quicker to read through. (Though not out loud.) And if it's really good you can keep dipping into it to find out more.
Simple images that last a few seconds or maybe only a second can stop you in your tracks. The way a shadow splits a white dove in half, or the way the sun's rays create a wall in a wood. You can immortalise them in an image.
Sometimes it’s not easy to explain what you see when you notice a man and woman arguing on a street, or a little boy in tears, or a smiling girl leaning out from an open window or a sun-dappled stone wall. Interpretation through any tangible art form - a painting, textile, sculpture, ceramic piece, jewelry or glass - can translate that moment of alarm or delight into something tangible and lasting. Then it becomes a statement.
Through art you can get beyond the object to the feeling of it.
So what have you described lately?