It is a process when what we see tells us a story, conveys emotions, brings out memories and experiences in us. Just like any other language it can be expressed through words but, as usual, most of it gets lost in translation. It is a language that most Art, craft, film, design and fashion uses to communicate with the viewer.
Unlike a verbal language, sometimes you don’t even need to share the same culture or period in time with the creator to understand it. Artist M.C Escher also expressed the same idea in his letter, you can read it here.
I admit, it is definitely, one of the most baffling and elusive of topics. It is the ‘chewiest’ and ‘driest’ theoretical section in art history books. But once you gnaw through this bit, it has a power to shift your perspective and change the way you think. Studying the language of creatives certainly gives you better appreciation of creative work.