“look like a cryptic crossword,”
“it’s a piece of objective art,”
“it’s a mystical painting.”
There was no consensus.
Perhaps calligraphy is all the above statements, an art which makes one feel centred; the creation of which leads to inner growth and maturity.
The Chinese raked it an art above painting, over 2000 years ago, and the Persian painters elevated it to a semi-mystical status in Islamic painting.
The dictionary meaning of calligraphy is the art of decorative handwriting. The literal translation from Greek means beautiful handwriting, a communication of ideas aesthetically.
The aesthetics of graphics at the cost of clarity if necessary.
“Calligraphy is to writing, what eloquence is to speech.”