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Back in the day, I got all uppity about the interpreted nature of art, ie. that art doesn't really make any clear statements, but instead calls for interpretation by the viewer.  I talked about Wittgenstein, but I should have been talking about the field of semiotics, the study of symbols and their interpretation.  There's nothing like finding out that your big idea has already been exhaustively discussed.
Brief glossary: ic.arizona.edu/~comm300/mary/...
Index of intro texts: carbon.cudenver.edu/~mryder/itc_da...

(from an explanatory dialogue)
R:  Well, when they're represented they acquire additional meanings. Signs are never innocent. Semiotics teaches us that.
V:  And it teaches us to have dirty minds, if you ask me.
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