‘Habitual Intoxication of Infinite Infatuation.’
I was drawn to this project because of the mystery, the ungraspable beauty. Why him? Why me? Why such infatuation?
I am subjectively portraying the physical formation of two recently unified (emotional and physical) halves to attempt to comprehend and challenge individual centric modern traditions. Our surroundings and our own bodies often seem divided into binaries: right/wrong, light/dark, body/soul, I/other. Rather than rejecting these simplistic contradictions, should they not co-exist? ‘According to Greek mythology, humans wereoriginally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split theminto two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves.’ (Plato, The Symposium)
Claiming victory over Zeus’ minor hurdle of condemnation; possible through the photographic medium I will portray Us as whole. The presence of male and female should suggest a classic juxtaposition, however we are not separate entities. A couple is a singular being, a world of its own. This, I have symbolically visualised as a landscape composed of six photographs. Half male, half female. At its core, Habitual Intoxication of Infinite Infatuation is a study into the notion of home. Can a body be an all-encompassing world? A physical and emotional home which these elements do not simply survive in, they exceed all expectations.
The linear, line of horizon in my work addresses the seamless transition from my body to his. Together One supernatural, yet still physical landscape. An omnipresent home. Having discovered home not in bricks and mortar but rather in flesh and blood.
Presented as One reclined nude, from head to toe, left to right. Attempting to undo Zeus’ work however,ultimately failing. In all six individual photographs, the viewer can see just a single fragment of one body in each. Never merging in the same frame. Although, they are just a hairline apart and complete One horizon. The photographs represent an inability and boundary of the body, being inseparable but yet not achieving the status of One.