Symmetry and asymmetry

I’ve heard of studies that show that symmetric faces are, on average, judged more attractive than asymmetric faces. On the other hand, works of art often strive for a satisfying kind of asymmetry. I think this is because there is humanity in asymmetry; being human means contending with all kinds of lopsidedness, in one’s personality, one’s ability, one’s arm strength.

So maybe there’s a one beauty in symmetry, but there’s a whole different kind of beauty in asymmetry. I suspect that the leaning of an artist in one direction or another may say something about their world view.

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About marcpevans

I'm a composer, and a graduate student at UC Santa Barbara. This blog contains my philosophical musings on music and on other things. If you want to actually listen to my music, you can find it at www.marcevansmusic.com. Welcome! :)
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