What are the function of your final shapes and how does that impact interpretation?
They are iconic representations of an actual object represented by a word in a specific haiku line. The only one that doesn't fit that context is the shape that represents smoke, because the word "smoke" isn't actually used in its line. From the reading I was picking up on different cultures and how they would interpret my shapes. Someone from the graphic design department would know the assignment and maybe my haiku. They might recognize my shapes as a house, a tree limb, and smoke, when someone else from another country might see it as a nice house, a berry tree limb, and wind. The idea of this goes along with the concept that the viewer must have some education about the shape. By having the context of the line next to image it helps.
Versus, what is the function of the tool documentation?
The tool documentation explores more a conceptual justification of the shape that it created. For instance, I created my pear tree limb with a screw. The contrast of the manufactured screw vs. the organic shape and essence of the limb can hint at the impact that man has had on nature. Being able to visually link the tool in use and the shape that it made the viewer can seek a deeper meaning into the context of the shape itself, and be able to compare it with the context in the haiku.
How does context eg. cultural symbols and inclusion of text effect the interpretation?
"Visual literacy has been and can be only an extension of mans unique message-making capacity." I chose this line from the reading because it alludes to how all of man came to visual thinking. Leonardo DaVinci could recognize a bird that could also mean to fly. Today we can recognize a dove which also means peace. Their are a plethora of symbols that allude to a specific meaning. I chose to make the shape of smoke for my last line, and it isn't specifically reference in that line. I chose it because the smoke alludes to some kind of battle whether it is fire vs. house, man vs. man, or nature vs. man. The idea of battle is up to the viewer and the time period that it would have taken place.
What connotations are conveyed by your specific formal language?
I believe that their is an uneasy feeling being conveyed with my formal language, however i do think that i am biased saying that since I am so familiar with the forms. If i were to see these forms for the first time, I would probably think in a completely different manner. I am hoping that my forms convey a sort of eeriness due to the context of the haiku. The haiku is alluding to a concept of time and that it never stops, and when we are gone we leave things behind that contain that essence of humanity. It represents the perpetual conflict of man vs. nature, and although it seems like we are destroying nature it will always be here and will prevail over any inkling of mankind that is left behind.