Modernism, formalism, post-modern; labels for abstract or conceptual work. Categories that help the viewer define  or collect what they think is a cohesive language.  The miracle is that we understand each other at all whether with words or movement or sound.  As a visual artist that creates abstract work I sometimes feel like the long lost twin speaking in the darkness with her own language. It is my job to teach my viewers the language. It is my job to be understood, but that is not always the desire of the work. The work is at times an alien artifact or an ancient relay.  It is not a language. We have not agreed to share it.