While creating Split Personalities, I pondered about the interconnectedness of nature, our brains, our environment, our emotions, and our behaviors or choices that influence our overall biochemistry. The red, manic, dilated face, though smiling, has a crazy look in his eyes, as he swallows a mysterious green tablet. The bright red is for the inflammation response in the body that results from high stress/high adrenaline mind states, which can also lead to anger. The festival party in his head, symbolizes the racing, loud thoughts bouncing around in his mind. This version acts upon impulse, he chases the fun and excitement in life, and wants to soak up every last drop of experience to be had. To him, the highs will never end.
The blue, depressed, weary face reflects the darker side of the coin, the one that we would all rather ignore and forget about. The blue reflects the coldness of being alone, of having no hope of repressing your inner feelings. The lurking city spews smoke and pollution, a decaying metropolis, where everyone is separated and disconnected in concrete boxes. A train hurtles toward a broken off track, ready to plummet to its doom. A leaky pipe floods toxins into the ocean, dripping into the characters psyche and polluting his mind. A cigarette burns away the few cares that are left, a quick fix that only further clouds his world. A lone shadowy figure, paddles a small wooden boat, turning his back on this urban prison as he floats into the unknown. The character glances off into the distance, wondering if the lows will ever disappear, though doubtful.
The truth is, neither version of this character is right or wrong, one would not exist without the other. They can only function as polar opposites, whereas the true balance is the middle path: to recognize these states as separate from the Self, temporary in nature, as to not become attached or invested in either one of them, or allowing them to define your real personality. The goal is to increase self awareness, to realize when one state is taking control before it happens, and to return to center, through various tools, practices and disciplines.