The processes of looking closely and thinking critically about visual texts are important to art and design practises so that people viewing them can expand their thinking in ways that they usually wouldn’t apply to visual texts. Another reason includes how it deepens peoples understandings and experience of the visual text achieving a sense of connection, or how we can apply other’s methods to our own works as a result of how much we have learnt.
Different ways of looking closely and thinking critically about a visual text produce different results, therefore expanding thinking through the use of varying methods used to analyse a text. For example, using varying methods of approach to a visual text such as creative thinking, analysing, problem solving, reasoning and evaluating could all come to different conclusions despite applying them all to the same text (Wallace, Andrew, Tony Schirato and Phillipa Bright 46-47). Applying multiple thinking methods to a visual text means each method provides a different outcome yet they all contribute to building knowledge on the same subject. This means the viewer of a visual text who alternates these critical thinking methods has a deeper and broader understanding of what they are studying.
Using critical thinking to understand the deeper meanings behind visual texts is important in order to uncover why something was made which later achieves a sense of connection between the artist and audience. When looking at a visual text, context is essential to acknowledge in order for the viewer to deepen their understanding of the text. Context provides reasons as to why a visual text was made the way it was, often as a reaction to things happening around the time it was made. Many art works are produced as a result of the artist’s feelings towards a certain event happening at the time that the visual text was made, so if the viewer understands this, they have a better understanding of the visual text they are studying and perhaps a reason behind why the artist chose to use certain mediums and techniques that they did. This inevitably achieves a sense of connection between the artist and the viewer when the reasons ‘why’ have been properly comprehended.
Analysing a visual text is important because once the text is understood, we can apply the new things we have learnt from the visual text to our own works as well as use it to improve on interpreting other’s works. This means when creating new material, other perspectives may be takin into account that weren’t before, or new mediums used that the artist was otherwise unfamiliar with which all come together to show improvement from the critical thinking methods that have been applied to other visual texts in the past.
Processes of looking closely and thinking with critique about visual texts are essential to artists and designers in order for their work to be able to be understood by others, as well as deepening their understandings of other visual texts around them. This means the artist has a better understanding of how or what to communicate a given idea.
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