Siamese Soul

Siamese Soul

Siamese Soul is a body of work in which I’m exploring the aloneness or loneliness of human existence. The title Siamese Soul is a contradiction in terms and represents in itself this duality. Siamese makes reference to Siamese twins. In some of the photographs I am working with twins or sisters who are so close to each other, they are almost “inseparable”. They represent a connection and connectedness that most of us long for. There is something in their relationship that seems supernatural (similar to how we react to seeing Siamese twins) yet so familiar and tangible in a spiritual sense. It literally feels like they know something (a secret) that we don’t. Soul looks at the singularity of a person, but also the idea that we all have a soul, and perhaps somehow we are connected through our souls? But in life, we can feel so separated and sometimes that is what we strive for. Which brings me to the third part of this series. Death. Losing my brother in a car accident woke me up to the incredible unpredictability of life. I asked myself, how could he be here the one day and just gone the next? When he died it felt as though a part of me died… Many children’s games and nursery rhymes have a dark undercurrent and are coping mechanisms to deal with life’s transitions (i.e separation anxiety in an infant, an illness like the plague (Ring a Ring o’ Roses)}and even actual death. I feel there is a tension in these images between this playful innocence and darkness, that is echoing the innocence and cruelty of life itself. But death, even though it feels like the ultimate separation, is what makes us all equal, and perhaps connected again…