Interpretation of Images and Development of Visual Symbols from Agikuyu Proverbs
This study will analyze three main areas; Proverbs, Images and Symbols. It will be carried out under the assumptions that, every society has proverbs as a form of expressing their moral values through which cultural transmission occurs. Within these proverbs, there are images, physical objects or imagery in form of ideas which are applied to give shape to the idiomatic expressions. The researcher will use the internet, visit libraries, museums and galleries to search for the equivalent pictorial representation of the idea represented in the proverb. This will be done in stages where the researcher will analyze a number of pictorial representations of the image / imagery, out of which one or two most suitable images will be selected for designing the symbols. The validity of the symbols developed will be established through a panel of scholars and elders on Agikuyu Proverbs. There are two major issues for validation: The proper identification of the images and proper interpretation of the images into symbols. This method will be applied to any proverb from any culture in the world to come up with symbols. The conceptual framework comes from the art and design theory of Conceptual Art which looks at art from the point of view of an Idea and a Process rather than a finished product. This approach encourages experimentation in art. The study will employ the conceptual theory of art as a domain to describe the symbols. The researcher will make recommendations as to the possible uses of the symbols in other art forms and propose further research into the area of symbols from proverbs in general.