“Can we trust a message that can be so differently interpreted? Ambiguity provides a vital function in aesthetic visual communication. Ambiguity slows the mind and suggests experiencing the image more fully in many dimensions. An idea is a temporary mental event; thus, words cannot always adequately convey the complex, structural, relational, an contextual nature of interrelationships among aesthetic phenomena.” (pp31-32)
Ambiguity should be a device used only when connotational meaning is required such as layered contextual meanings for adults and children. When only a denotational meaning is required ambiguity should be avoided. This returns the conversation back to a semiotic one to help construct an aesthetic that achieves its intended outcome that needed to be communicated.