Tangent: 10

    A tangent exists when two elements barely touch, but do not overlap. A viewer may find it difficult to tell which element is in front of the other, leading to spatial confusion (figure/ground ambiguity). A tangent may create compositional imbalance by attracting unwanted attention, but with consideration, an artist may exploit the visual tension and confusion for specific social concerns or illusion.

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