image - symbol - message

We can express our feelings regarding the world around us either by poetic or by descriptive means. I prefer to express myself metaphorically. Let me stress: metaphorically, not symbolically.

A symbol contains within itself a definite meaning, certain intellectual formula, while metaphor is an image. An image possessing the same distinguishing features as the world it represents.

An image — as opposed to a symbol — is indefinite in meaning. One cannot speak of the infinite world by applying tools that are definite and finite.

We can analyse the formula that constitutes a symbol, while metaphor is a being-within-itself, it's a monomial. It falls apart at any attempt of touching it.


Andrej Tarkovsky



So says the famous film director, master of elusive images, poet of the screen. Even if metaphor cannot be touched, it can be understood and explored by revealing the meanings of the details contained in the picture. They often carry a message more abundant than their depicted form. The iconography and context create a metaphor. This is happening in many cultures. The field of our interest here is the significance of image in the art of the West and the Far East. Welcome:




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