Oil on canvas, 2005
diptych, each panel 72 1/8 x 19 3/4 in. (183.2 x 50.1 cm)
Collection of the artist, courtesy + gallery
Created during a time of intense personal transition, Falling Into
is a self-portrait serving to question identity. Within the diptych
format, the two images of self face each other, but are dramatically separated by the space between the two sister panels. The figures crouch down and both subjects, on opposing canvases, face inward.
The cropping of the poses aids in conceptual meaning; the faces of both figures disappear within the vacant space and the viewer is left to mentally fill in the absence. Symbolically the red cloth is used
to represent strong, deeply felt sentiment. As the two semi-mirrored bodies grasp the tense and stretched fabric at once they are
connected emotionally, but still alienated from one another physically. The use of this fragmented image stands as a metaphor for
looking inward and true personal investigation.
"Falling Into" is the third painting in a three-piece series relating to this emotional transition. The other two works, The Fallout (a diptych) and Intermission (a panel) also pose these figures with a red cloth.