From Our Yard - contemporary art publication

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In my piece ‘Plutchik’s Dice’ I have explored emotional states. Psychologist Robert Plutchik’s Theory of Emotions classified emotions into eight primary states – anger, fear, sadness, disgust, surprise, anticipation, trust and joy. I have transposed these onto an eight-sided dice where each face represents an emotion. ‘Plutchik’s Dice’ always has one face hidden though you are able to see through from one side to other sides or emotions. A reflection on the fact that life is not that simple and emotions are hard to define and often confused. The octahedron shape makes it impossible to view the dice and gain an understanding of all sides at once – just as it is impossible to categorise a person and their emotional state fully, You are often only presented with the emotions the person wants you to see. Sometimes other emotions are glimpsed but societal constraints mean that for the large part emotions are controlled and displayed as deemed appropriate to the situation. Plutchik's model further categorises emotions - much like secondary colours in the colour wheel. Thus 'trust' and 'joy' combine to give 'love'. 'Trust + Joy = Love' features the visual symbols for these two emotions on opposing sides of a 3D pyramid shape. When viewing the piece, you can see that these symbols mingle and influence each other - describing the ebb and flow of emotions. This piece was made working at home during lockdown.

Plutchik's Dice. Glass applique sculpture with fused glass elements. Trust + Joy = Love. Glass applique sculpture with fused glass elements. All images © Muna Zuberi.