The chosen word: Languid

In the dictionary, the word languid has two different meanings. The first definition describes it as “having a disinclination for physical exertion or effort; slow and relaxed.” The second definition described it “as weak or faint from illness or fatigue.” Even though there are already discrete definitions for this word, I would like to elaborate and go deeper with my own understanding of this definition in artistic terms.

In regards to the proportions and how big or small the word is, I would say it’s both. The first definition has more of a broader meaning than the second. When it comes to the movement of the word, the synonyms that come to mind are “slow” and “sluggish”. Something that is weak isn’t exactly fast. When discussing the balance of the word, I would say that asymmetry is the best fit for the word. For example, when someone sees artwork that is strong, chances are it’s because it’s symmetrical and well put together. Therefore, when l think of something weak, I think of asymmetry. When it comes to the contrast of the word, low contrast fits the definition of the word. When something has low contrast, it doesn’t show much of a difference between the lightness and the darkness. It looks faint and weak. And last but not least, when talking about the orientation of the word, whether it’s horizontal or vertical, I think it depends on how the persons perceives it. Someone might think that something horizontal looks better and stronger, while somebody else could perceive it the other way around.

These are various ways to look at a word and describe it. There is always more than one way to perceive something.


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