Can a symbol be a motif? Can a motif be a symbol?
If not, is there any specific terminology which can be used to indicate that a symbol is a motif, or that a motif is a symbol?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
1: a usually recurring salient thematic element (as in the arts); especially : a dominant idea or central theme2: a single or repeated design or color.
The key is salient thematic element. Check out: http://www.mcescher.com/
- On the page where there are examples of Escher's work from "Early work 1916-1922 ", look at the one titled "Plane-filling Motif with Human Figures". Here the shape is the motif, the diamond. Yet, the diamond is not a symbol, it is
only a salient thematic element.
Consider the silhouette of an atomic bomb. The mushroom shape. That shape is a symbol for war. But if you used the shape over and over, say 50 times, on a flag that would be flown at a peace rally, then the mushroom shape would become a motif, a motif that was also a symbol.
Hope this helps.