Reflections - Metaphor : Analogy : Artifice : Misleading : Assumption : Illusion / by Ally McGinn

These words are linked to meaning. They are related to a misunderstanding of information; information given or shown that brings other information to mind.

Which can be seen as a basic description of art, or indeed of semiotics, and in many ways language itself.



In more focus;


Metaphors are devices that inspires a way of thinking that aligns with something else. It is more concerned with series of events, or a way of looking at things, than a single word or idea.

It is through the comparison between subject and metaphor that the function of the metaphor exists.

To extend the understanding of the recipient, beyond language and into a more visceral understanding.

A metaphor is usually related in structure to the subject described, and often has little else in common.


Analogy is a comparison to something. Similar to metaphor, but instead of showing an example through something that works in a similar way an analogy shows the common links between subjects.


Assumption is related to this group of words through its nature. An assumption is information implied, imposed or guessed based on what is already known. Little proof is needed, it is accepted as truth and imposes itself on its subject.


Illusion, in isolation from reality, is a trick. It is the process of information, failed. It is the misinterpreted perception of a sensory experience.

This is a word that is becoming more and more interesting to me.


Artifice is an intentional deceit. Unlike the words above this has primarily negative connotations. It is illusions less charming sibling.


Misleading, in this context, is the intentional use of these concepts. With a slightly less negative connotation than artifice.

My works often contain an element of the misleading, to create illusions, analogies, metaphors that challenge assumptions and allow a dialogue to form with the viewer.



I find these words important in terms of my intention, and their function.

I intend to contain an element of these words within the work. They imply a challenge, a shift in perception, which then carries into the work.

They are important, but they might be another case of being part of the language i use, rather than a focus for research.

They remain, in isolation, too broad. However when used with others specificity is achievable.