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: symbolism of the line

07-18-2013, 06:19 AM
We've been talking about symbolism and iconography in my art class. Now we're talking about different meanings associated with different types of line, and how culture influences how we see art.

I have an assignment to show people lines I've drawn and ask for what the lines mean. I'd really appreciate any help.

When you see these 2 lines, what words, images, feelings first spring to mind when you see them? Please also indicate what country or culture you're from.

07-18-2013, 11:07 AM
(1st line "A", 2nd line "B")

Line A makes me think of a road; either direction stretches indefinitely. There is an openness about it, like an arm stretched out wide. It's safe.

Of course line B denotes movement, but because the curves are so close together they almost fold on themselves, there's an added sense of tension and claustrophobia, as if the line wete a worm or snake that's had a part it's tail cut off, so that it reels and coils with pain and shock. Line B seeks the grace of curve but is too awkward, seeks the completion of a circle but never meets at the ends, seeks to straighten itself as line A but is hopeless twisted. Line B is dangerous.