Visual Vocabulary (Similarity/Closure)


The first image represents similarity. Through the shapes that interlock and fit each other like a giant circular puzzle, it creates a flowing likeness among the shapes. The Mandala itself represents a balance and harmony among figures or objects. In my Mandala these same principles create a similarity among the objects and colors.

The snake above represents the gestalt principle of closure. The idea is that the lines can’t connect but the mind can still figure out what the photo is or means. This goes along with the theory that the letters in a word can be mixed, but if the first and last letter remain the same we can still read it. Our minds create perceptions and preconceptions of the world around us. We know what certain things are just from activating our memories. This idea of closure shows how perceptive the mind can really be.

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