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to depict or Not to depict

Updated: Feb 28, 2019

by Liane Engstrom

Art school......


Depiction | di’pikSH(e)n | noun

The action or result of depicting something, especially in art.

A graphic or vivid verbal description.

A representation by picture or portraiture

A drawing of the outlines of forms or objects

A representation by drawing or painting


To depict (the definition of depiction) is quite straightforward. It is “the action or result of depicting something, especially in art,” according to the dictionary.

It could also be a verbal description or a representation of something (or someone) in the form of a drawing or painting.

Nonetheless, to the artist who strives to describe something (or someone) through the lens of their own vision, the definition of this word is not without attachment to the internal, intellectual and acute emotional presence of the artist themself.

It is not impossible for any person, regardless of age or gender or geographical location, to present a description of something (or someone) that is in front of them. Nearly anyone can simply describe.

However, the entire process of depicting something is quite reversed when seeing and describing is transformed into creating through ones own personal lens.

The artist or creator can depict something as it is seen, rendering it as nearly as possible to its true form. Or it can be abstracted in a multitude of ways. Either way, it is still a depiction.

This is also true in the verbal description. One can verbally describe the account of a particular event, for example, which can differ vastly from the account of another.

Depiction may very well then be subjective. At the very least, it lingers quite close to a metaphorical grey line.

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