Getting Trippy, or Perhaps Dippy?
I thought it was notable to do a post about diptychs/triptychs today since my sister brought them to my attention today: she was stressing out about a assignment she had to do for photography class-making a triptych. Since I’ve had a bit of experience with diptych/triptychism myself /I stalked over to my closet to show her some examples of diptych drawings I had done in the past.
Those were done two years ago now, for a beginning drawing class I had at Inver Hills, both mixed media of ink and graphite.
This more recent diptych, is my favorite of the two sets, done in a mixed media acrylic, and charcoal format. Styled and based on two different Betsey Johnson brand suitcases I own.
But, I guess the point I’m trying to make here about triptychs and diptychs is that: they can be two or three separate pieces of anything, just connected in some unifying way. Just decide on a unifying feature and go with it. It could be anything from joining three parts of one whole, telling a story through frames, highlighting on one category -like a location (think San Francisco and see three images first image: golden gate bridge, Second image: Fisherman’s wharf, Third Image: the painted ladies, etc.) Don’t limit yourself with ideas, even just grouping things by color is also a possibility as well.
Through and through, whether diptych or triptych, breaking up work with multiple frames is a great way to freshen up some work ideas.