getting down to the wire. I'm not the best at witting but heres my two cents on 'speaking visually'
When thinking of the idea "speaking visually," many interpretations come to mind. But what best represents this idea in my opinion is an idea of universal understanding. There is a silent "visual" language that we, as a human race, all understand instinctively. Regardless of nationality... through the generations; art and symbolism express this shadow language beyond the scope of emotional understanding. One paints a battle in flame, blood, smoke and feels passion and loss all at once. A sculptor carves the form of a woman and we sense sensuality and lust from cold lifeless stone. And we all feel as we take photo images of the heavenly night skys; how small we are in the great vastness of this universe, living together on this blue planet. Like a shadow this quiet visual language uniquely expresses a multitude of emotions, meanings, and thoughts in a single image and proves the addage, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Words that are not verbal but are in fact truly visual with universal understanding.
It is a unique gift we as artists have. That we can communicate this overlooked language. We are a visual people with unique insight; that has allowed us to communicate both verbally and even more so visually. Our art transcends language to speak our thoughts and feelings. We are the keepers of this silent language and continue to speak it visually through the present and future.
"Speaking visually" in this universal language is one of the small ways we as a human race are in a quite way truly united.