How do artists depict emotional conflict without words? How do they show an individual facing opposing simultaneous emotions? How do they create the tension inherent to that situation?
Here are some images I found around the internet – some photos, some digital art, some paintings. To me they show more than one thing happening at once in the individual’s energy.
The double exposure and clever use of colour brings a lot of energy and movement.
The composite images are a really powerful adjustment to the form of the body. I especially like the ‘muzzle’ effect on the face.
This is an interesting look at the elements that make up someone, their interest etc. I like the background around the faces.
Two faces very cleverly placed on top of each other. It has an effect like there are multiple faces though and took me a while to figure out it’s actually only two!
Meghan Howland: http://artsyforager.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Howland5-480×639.jpg
Translucent white skin, a dark background, upside down body and rising party balloons… so much going on here. So much tension!
Mona Hatoum: http://www.thephotophore.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/mona_hatoum_002.jpg
Really clever use of scale.
This one looks like a stock photo – I wouldn’t say there is particularly an artistic touch, but it’s an interesting idea of showing emotions.
Jakub Kujawa: http://justimagine-ddoc.com/wp-content/gallery/time-and-emotions/jacub-kubawa-01.jpg
Jakub Kujawa: http://cdn.emptykingdom.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Jakub-Kujawa_web30.jpg
Jakub Kujawa: https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/e7/27/1d/e7271dee39c258dceee3138bdab9939a.jpg
These drawings by Jakub Kujawa have incredible tension and dynamics. The movement, the shading, the cross hatching.