Erika Harrsch, details of Inverted Sky, 78 x 96 inches, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas.
Visual literacy is the ability to interpret and produce meaningful visual messages; a person who is visually literate is able to assess the syntax, meaning, and merit of an image, and essentially peel back the layers of visual communication (Bleed 5). Thought provoking questions (what is the image saying, and how do we know it is saying that?) and acute discussions promote visual literacy by looking at the syntax and semantics of the image. If multiple people were to look at one image, their opinions on what it means would differ as a result of cognitive associations. One theme that some may take away from analyzing the syntax and semantics of Erika Harrsch’s Inverted Sky is freedom.