DOPPELGANGER SERIES ORIGIN

In the beginning of my art practice, much of my work has been about chasing love. I did a series of paintings showing the balance in love.

Love

Love

Then, a decade ago, a close friend of mine was going through a divorce. The husband was so unkind over so many years. Pained listening to her story, I wanted to paint her hurt. The paintings expressed looking one’s own heart while outside of one’s body. The anatomical hearts where covered in gauze. The mood was somber.

No Umbrella

No Umbrella

A few years later, I illustrated the emotive processes of falling in love. Really it was about the high and excitement in the beginning, which isn’t love at all as Hollywood would have us believe. I illustrated what the scientific community “discovered” goes on in the brain in the stages of love. “Natural Selection” is a literal interpretation. In other paintings, it is not so literal. In “Love Net” I paint a net of shared memories around a couples embrace.

Love Net

Love Net

Then, I was left at the altar and I seriously questioned what love was. In hindsight, love is patient… it’s not falling from the sky.
How could I reconcile the paintings of love when I wasn’t in it? So, I made doppelgangers of the original image. The word Doppelganger came from a writer who wrote under a pseudonym in 1796. A doppelganger isn’t someone who just resembles you, but is an exact double, right down to the way you walk, act, talk, and dress. I painted a mirrored silhouette of the original, a doppelganger.

Oscillate

Oscillate

Thereafter, the doppelganger morphed into a reflection of one’s decision-making. Outwardly, the woman or the doppelganger looks the same despite the internal battle. The hair of the figure is the only representation of this intangible energy.

No Kill Zone

No Kill Zone

Now the doppelganger represents a double mindedness that exists within introspection. The repeated figure has a rhythm that is undeniably soothing and beautiful.

Prayer

Prayer

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