Importance of Symbolism in Visual Art: A Critical Analysis in Contemporary Scenario

Abid Hadi


Basic semiotic theories are taught in most art schools as part of a contextual studies programme, but many people find it difficult to understand how these ideas might impact on their own practice. Visible Signs tackle this problem by explaining semiotic terms and theories in relation to visual communication, with illustrative examples taken from contemporary art and design. Concepts such as signs and signifiers, and language and speech are all explored within the framework of graphic design and fine art. Semiotics is the study of meaning-making, the study of sign processes and meaningful communication, in language, programming languages, formal logics, and semiotics. It focuses on the relationship between signifiers—like words, phrases, signs, and symbols—and what they stand for, their denotation.


semantics; signs; signifiers; logics; denotation

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