In writing, letters form words and sentences that convey meaning. What are the equivalents for words in art therapy and image representations? What is the syntax of visual forms conveying a meaning? As with internal images, externally expressed images have emergent qualities and are generated on different levels of increased complexity. From the perspective of formal elements, the means of visual expression can be placed on the following levels:
The level of simple visual elements consists of line, shape, textures, and detail.
The level of individual forms includes the size, shape, directionality, and color conveying the content of the form.
The level of spatial context combines the formal elements in a statement of interrelationships either two-dimensionally or three-dimensionally, constituting a visual syntax.
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