Drawing/Imaging – Diptych Statement


Christine Kim


Diptych Statement

My sister and I have two very different ways of expressing emotions. I tend to be very straightforward. If I am mad at someone, I let that someone know I am mad by expressing coldness and anger towards he or she. However, my sister tends to beat around the bush to show someone else that she is mad, which ends up with the person who caused the anger to not even realize that my sister is mad.

My first diptych panel represents how I am viewed by others when I am mad:  very sensitive and acute at the moment. Because I am exhibiting anger outwardly to the full extent, sharp edges are the main elements representing my first diptych panel. Sharp edges help create a sense of pointiness not only on a piece of paper but also on my expression. The muscles on my face get tense, causing my facial expression to seem hard-favoured. Not-so-straight lines that compose each shape on the panel also add onto the uneasy and uncomfortable atmosphere.

On the other hand, my second diptych panel represents how others perceive my sister when she is mad. Although she is angered on the inside, people often mistake her as not angry because she tends to hide her feelings by being indirect. The lines represent external activities that trigger my sister to be upset. The circles depict my sister’s reaction to such activities. The round lines forming circles that block most straight lines from penetrating the shape demonstrate a showcase of tenderness and softness.

These two concepts are very opposite but also very similar in two different ways. They are different, of course, because outwardly, one is expressing displeasure, but the other one is expressing kindliness. The elements used to describe each emotion are also very contrasting. Round shapes and lines are used to describe the kindly emotion and pointy shapes are utilized to illustrate the hostile emotion. However, the concepts are both similar in a way that the base emotion for both of them is anger. I am mad. My sister is mad. It is just that our ways of expression of anger are different. Also, repetition of the same elements are employed to amplify each emotion. The more round shapes there are, the more more gentleness is shown. The more pointy edges are shown, the more irritableness is shown. Ergo, contrast and similarity coexist when my two diptych panels are put together next to each other.

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