Defining 2 dimension

In my ‘Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal’ lecture we were each given the task to solve a short riddle and find a piece of art or object within the Cardiff museum that could help me explain 2 dimension. Here is a photo of the piece we were given.


I figured out this was describing shadows and that figures cannot be seen clearly if there was no light or shadows present.


after taking this into consideration i found this piece of work by Ben Nicholson which i could use as an example to define what 2D meant in my opinion. I stated that when paintings contain shadow the human mind visualises the form in 3 dimension by using depth of field and tone. however when there are no shadows present the painting becomes so abstract that it looses its form and the human mind cannot visualise it in 3 dimension, therefore becoming 2D.


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