The human mind is conditioned to perceive objects as organized patterns and groups, but meaning is subjective. There are limitless ways of interpreting forms based on basic principles; proximity, similarity, figure and ground, continuity, closure, and simplicity. Predefined definitions set rules on how things look or should look like by narrowing down our perception into a single image of reality. Artists create work with intention. These intentions do not equate to the viewer’s interpretation. Thus, intention does not need to be in harmony with interpretation at all times.
Point, line, and shape.
Dot, stroke, and square.
Circle, diagonal, and box.
It does not matter.
No matter what these “universal” forms are called, they will be perceived otherwise.
Perception is not a universal language.