The power of abstraction in art: a universal language of emotion

Abstract painting, Roundabout Love, by artist Claire Desjardins.

As an abstract artist, I have a lot to say about the kind of work that I do, and how it reaches across so many lines that were "drawn in the sand" by previous movements. This is what keeps it fresh, to me. Abstraction in art offers a liberating experience for artists by allowing them to explore the unknown and tap into their imagination. It goes beyond traditional representations and instead focuses on colors, lines, shapes, and textures to express emotions that realistic depictions cannot capture.

The language of emotions

Abstract painting by Claire Desjardins: "Never Tell".

Above image: "Never Tell" abstract painting.

Abstract art becomes a deeply personal and cathartic journey for artists, as each brushstroke and layer of paint serves as a powerful expression of their innermost feelings. This language of emotions resonates with viewers, evoking their own interpretations and experiences.

Transcending boundaries

Abstract painting, Crossings 03, by artist Claire Desjardins.

Above image: "Crossings 03" abstract painting.

Abstract art breaks free from cultural and societal barriers, communicating through a universal language that transcends words. It aims to connect with people from diverse backgrounds, allowing them to find common ground and celebrate the vastness of human creativity.

Engaging the viewer

Abstract painting, Breathtaking, by artist Claire Desjardins.

Above image: "Breathtaking" abstract painting.

Abstract art invites viewers to actively participate in the creative process. Without a fixed subject matter, it encourages them to engage their imagination and interpret the artwork through their unique perspectives, memories, and emotions. This creates deeply personal and intimate connections with the artwork.

A mirror of the human experience

Abstract painting, Plunge In, by Claire Desjardins.

Above image: "Plunge In" abstract painting by Claire Desjardins.

Abstract art reflects the complexities and nuances of the human experience. It challenges conventions, provokes thought, and explores the depths of consciousness, dreams, and fears. Through abstraction, artists aim to capture the intangible and invite viewers to reflect upon their own emotions.


Abstraction plays a profound and transformative role in the art world. It grants artists the freedom to express themselves beyond physical representations, while allowing viewers to engage with the artwork on a personal level. Abstract art serves as a universal language of emotions, bridging gaps, and providing a gateway to the human soul.

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1 comment

Very engaging article. It speaks to me. I’m just starting out painting abstract art because of the freedom it allows as you create!

Doris L. Corea

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