How People See Us
Caricatures of Our Lives
Caricature of Junnie Circa 1997
Caricatures provide that comical depiction of a personality in the guise of making it light-hearted. In reality, it shows some serious albeit amusing aspects of how one is seen by most people.
I rediscovered this memento just last week. From it, I can surmise that I was seen to be computer geek, with starched-stiff shirt and trousers, toting a folio and some documents on my table. I was then a young mid 20s manager, ever smiling (see that big naughty ear-to-ear grin), ambitious, a workaholic who doesn't allow in-trays to stack up. What caught my attention was that I was alone, smiling but seemed to be lonely. My right hand tuck and reserved, not a ready and willing helping hand. Maybe more prepared to make a stern warning or worse point an accusing finger.
Since then, I've had caricatures made of me, from artists of Montmartre in Paris, to staff people who look at you as the mean mentor tormentor. But this one hits like a homerun to me.
Actually, this didn't reach me as what it was originally planned to be, a birthday gift. Well the giver might have realized it didn't look exactly like me, but you know what Tin, it did. It was me, then. That's why I kept it all these years. A memento for keeps.
So, do people see us the way we want them to see us or we only show what we want them to see?, "How will your caricature be if you draw it yourself?"