“There are three forms of visual art: Painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through” - Dan Rice
The depth of the medium of art is analogous to how we learn about and judge the integrity of those around us.
At first, we get a view from a distance. We see the big picture, the painting, as that person’s brand. Today, we have a plethora of easily accessible information on people to create that portrait. As we get closer, we learn from them what they believe they are. Like a sculpture, they try to create a moral structure that fits together nicely. Many will never try to get past this point with other people and make their judgements based on this knowledge.
Eventually, if we spend time with the person we can see their behaviors and navigate the reality of who they are. They are no longer in control of the world we see. We control the angles and can compare the artful structure of thought and the shambles that are their actions.
Character comes from symmetry of action and thought.