In abstract art, the artist uses a visual language of shapes, forms, lines and colors to interpret a subject-matter, without necessarily providing the viewer with a recognizable visual reference point. For many, understanding abstract art and addressing the question get in the way of appreciating the art itself. The magic happens when we let go of this need to know. Abstract art engages and challenges the intellect but it also engages and challenges the emotions and to fully appreciate it the viewer has to let go of a need to understand what the artist is trying to say and instead tune into their own feeling the important connection. This contrasts dramatically with more traditional forms of art which set out to achieve a literal and more representational interpretation of a subject and communicate a to the viewer.