Abstract Art: Imagery and Symbolism

"Abstraction allows man to see with his mind
what he cannot physically see with his eyes...
Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible,
to extract the infinite out of the finite.
It is the emancipation of the mind.
It is an explosion into unknown areas."
~ Arshile Gorky

sym-bol-ism, (smb-lzm), noun

  1. The practice of representing things by means of symbols or of attributing
    symbolic meanings or significance to objects, events, or relationships.
  2. A system of symbols or representations.
  3. A symbolic meaning or representation.
  4. Revelation or suggestion of intangible conditions or truths by artistic invention.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language,

Symbols are a way to add an important bit of YOU in your art journal pages. Consider symbols and images that mean something to you, even if you don't know why. Images can convey what you cannot put into words, and they are understood at perhaps a deeper level.

The art journals of Columbian artist Maria Mercedes are filled with colorful symbolic treasures. This piece, entitled 40, invites exploration and curiosity. The artist lives in Dunedin, a funky university town on the South Island of NZ. Maria Mercedes describes her interest beautifully, "Symbolism is a subject I like, it's like a secret language, and symbols are beautiful and they are the language of the unconscious, the dreams and art." I adore Maria's refreshing & enchanting mandalas. Shared with permission from the artist.