What does the word "express" mean in the context of art? I tell my third-grade class to "express themselves" when we do craft activities. But the fact is that I've always used the word "express" as to do with language and as meaning something like translating a thought into language. But when an artist "expresses herself" by creating, say, a 5m-tall statue of an big orange man, is that really anything to do with language? Is creating the object the same as writing the words, "a 5m-tall statue of a big orange man"? Is the word "express" even appropriate?

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