Metaphor, Meaning, Movement: Embodied Experience through the Arts

Professor Susan Wright

At its core, the arts are embodied experience through action and representation. This is a form of intelligence that underpins all other forms of reasoning and learning in other symbol systems, such as storying, writing or numbering. Vygotsky referred to form as a verb and affirmed that art exists as the physical manifestation of an idea in motion. The arts take on allegorical resemblances through their form – through the synergistic interaction between the artist's embodied processes and the abstract and physical properties inherent in the piece itself.