In it’s simplest form, motif is defined as a decorative design or pattern.
In the larger context of art, a motif represents a distinctive, often repeated feature or dominant idea in an artistic composition. In narrative, for example, it may be a recurring element – a sound, an object, a scent – that holds a symbolic significance in the story. In music, it may be a brief melodic or rhythmic passage, a perceivable succession of notes that, when repeated throughout the musical piece, produce a longer, mellifluous impression.
Whether in narrative, music, folklore, textile, visual or performance art, motifs help weave small fragmented art elements together to produce a larger, more meaningful artistic whole.
The mission of Art Motif Magazine is to create a virtual tapestry where artists, writers, musicians, performers and creators with a broad and diverse range of ideas, styles, tastes and backgrounds come together to showcase their work and share the ideas, elements and moods that drive them to create.