I want to study the usage of language as an artistic/art tool.

What word should I choose here? It seems that 'art tool' is somewhat more common, although its meaning is very literal (e.g. art tools include brushes, pencils, etc.), which confuses me.

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    You should indicate what you mean. Do you mean that language is used to make art, is a work of art, is similar to art, is used to convey ideas about art, or something else? Dec 15, 2022 at 16:56

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I'd suggest artistic medium.

Artistic medium is a term that is used by artists and art critics to refer to that out of which a work of art or, more generally, a particular art form, is made.

Source: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Sometimes the term artist's medium is used instead.

One challenge with this word is that historically the plural of medium was media, but the term media has become so commonly used to refer to news and entertainment venues that people don't connect it with the term medium any longer. So you will often see mediums used instead. Which plural you use is up to you, but some of your audience will probably think you are wrong either way.

  • I like this answer. I also don't see a problem with the plural "media" since it's only used singularly in the context, and "medium" is never used to describe news media.
    – gotube
    Dec 15, 2022 at 18:24

Art tools are tools to create art (e.g. tools for drawing or painting).

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An artistic tool is just a tool that stands out, is designed well, creative, inventive, original, or has any other property that art usually represents.

One can have an artistic bootle opener.

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Art tools are inherently artistic: they often look beautiful, colourful and inspire their owner.

  • Thanks, I caught the difference! Dec 15, 2022 at 14:55

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