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 different ways. This means 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 produces different results; therefore expanding thinking through the use of varying methods to analyse a text. Using different approaches to a visual text such as “creative thinking, analysing, problem solving, reasoning and evaluating” (Wallace, Andrew, Tony Schirato and Phillipa Bright 46-47) could all come to different conclusions despite applying them all to the same text . This means they all contribute to building knowledge on the same subject, despite having different outcomes. Therefore the viewer who alternates these critical thinking methods would have a heightened understanding of what they are studying.
Using critical thinking to understand the deeper meanings behind visual texts is also important in order to uncover why something was made. This later achieves a sense of connection between the artist and audience. When looking at a visual text, context is essential in order for the viewer to deepen their understanding. 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. If this is understood, the viewer will have a better understanding of the visual text they are studying and perhaps a reason behind why certain mediums and techniques were used. This inevitably achieves a sense of connection between the artist and the viewer when the reasons ‘why’ have been properly comprehended, and the meaning is successfully communicated. After all,this is the foundation for a text to exist at all, especially today where everything relieves around connectivity (Mirzoeff 5).
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 taken into account that weren’t before, or new mediums being explored, which shows improvement and growth. Different critical thinking methods allow us to consider more closely how and why we create, and use that to fuel inspiration for the next project.
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 any given idea.
Wallace, Andrew, Tony Schirato, and Phillippa Bright. “Critical Thinking” Beginning University: Thinking, Researching and Writing for Success. St Leonards, N.S.W.: Allen and Unwin, 1999. 45-61. Print.
Ruszkiewicz, et al. “reading Texts”. Beyond Words: Cultural Texts for Reading and Writing. 3rd ed. Boston: Pearson, c2012. 9-39. Print.
Mirzoeff, Nicholas.”Introduction”. How to See the World. London: Pelican, 2015.1-11. Print.