Artistic choice enables the audience to experience an historical and emotional bond with the artist. For example, if pleasure and pain are derived through the senses, then the realism with which an artist chooses to place an iconic representation will provide the audience and the artist certain sensory stimuli to which the audience responds through the experience of receiving the artistic renderings into its consciousness (Lakatos 39). Thus, one connects with artistic expression by responding to the extension of the artist. The artist and the audience become collaborators in their interpretation of the presented work of art.
In the example of Bill Shannon's "Crutch", he explains the varying responsive communication between artist and audience. He demonstrates iconic realism in the following manner. He uses a crutch, an icon for limitation, and turns it into a vehicle of mastery, leverage, competence, and capability. Brilliant!