Identification and Terminology

I've been thinking a lot about the difference between the way the scientists are using language and the way we artists use language. In science, specificity and consistency are really important. Everyone has a stake in learning the correct terms for everything and using them whenever possible. Also, the terminology changes very little if at all over time. In art, we use language in a more vague way. Terminology changes relatively quickly, taking into account cultural, social and political awareness. Each artist uses language in personal and varying ways, and often we leave things vague on purpose, prioritizing individuality and personality over communal understanding. I've always been interested in the challenges of communication, the limitations of language, the power of imagery.