So then by your standards music is the only true art form, as it doesn't visually represent anything?
The medium isn't the problem, it's the quality of the message being conveyed through it.
Good luck with this navel gazing session...just by asking these kinds of questions means you're willing to learn and grow, which is the only way to improve as an artist.
Murray, Thanks for your response. Perhaps we are misunderstanding the questions that I posed and what I was saying. I did not intend and don't think that I did say that the "visual" is a poor handmaiden of artistic expression...I think that you and I are in basic agreement when you say the "quality of the message"...just didn't want this to go far afield at the outset.
Art is a step from what is obvious and well-known toward what is arcane and concealed.