Sun, stay in the corner!
Since we started our journey in caves, our instinct leaded us to drawing. It’s a way to express ourselves and even communicate. We always try to give our mental representations of the world.
Even for kids, it is a primary means to express their discomfort or fear to seek help. Starting from the age of 2, kids start taking a pencil and “draw” and it’s very beneficial. However, there is one weird thing you can always notice: the sun which is in the corner (expect the sun between two mountains as in, rising, or a sunset)! So today’s question is why we do that?
Actually, there are different explanations. First, it’s easy! Drawing a full circle is much more difficult that drawing a quarter! Second, usually kids copy from each other and from their parents and teacher. Moreover, it’s a way of framing, kids usually tend to put the most important aspect of the drawing (like house, tree, person, cat …) in the center of the paper. Putting the sun in the corner is also a way to create realistic drawings. In everyday life, when we look at the world, the sun is not very present for us. It’s above everything else and usually on the corner of our field of view.
Drawing the sun in the corner can also be treated from a psychological perspective: “Overall, though, a picture of a full sun are signs the child is happy and has a positive view of the world. A partial sun, drawn in the upper corner of a drawing, could indicate signs of anxiety regarding authority figures. A sun barely peeking through a cloudy sky could indicate signs of depression and maybe even feelings of hopelessness in their situation.” Says Dr. Christopher Hastings, a psychologist who has been conducting psychological evaluations with children and adolescents for over 10 years and often uses projective drawings to aid in interpretation, cautions parents not to separate their child’s artwork from their child and who she or he is as an individual.
However, not only kids do this! Different civilizations, who had beliefs that revolved around the worship or the importance of the sun, illustrated sun in the corner especially for Egyptian Mythology revealing our universal language and our primate communication.