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Coniunctio

 

one flesh 4min 53sec 2015

light box - archival inks on plexiglass, led lights, wood, masonite

43 x 43cm x 6cm

tango bardo 2min 58sec

light box - archival inks on plexiglass, led lights, wood, masonite

43 x 43cm x 6cm

bow spirit 5min 37sec

light box - archival inks on plexiglass, led lights, wood, masonite

43 x 43cm x 6cm

imago dei 3min 58sec

light box - archival inks on plexiglass, led lights, wood, masonite

43 x 43cm x 6cm

Coniunctio

 

When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female ... then you will enter the Kingdom.
Gnostic Gospels

 

Coniunctio is the union of opposites in alchemical language. It is the hieros-gamos, holy or mystical marriage. In union is the birth of new possibilities. Unity points to the ultimate nature of the universe beyond duality. Through dissolution of separateness we move towards wholeness and transcendence.

 

I am interested in imaging intimacy, where individual boundaries can shift and blur. How do long term partners instinctively fit their bodies together, intertwining physical, energetic and emotional energy? Do they move beyond gender, can flesh unite with spirit, conscious with unconscious?

 

Something mysterious happens when we passionately loose and find our selves in another.

 

First shown in 2015 at YoungBlood Gallery as part of Month of Photography Film and Video 6

 

Collaboration with: Syl Batik and Anzu Wicks

 

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