Dualism by Darian Goldin Stahl & Grace Sippy
The central theme of our work is the dualisms between the Body and Mind and how this can complicate one’s sense of identity. We are interested in internal illnesses that are often hidden from others, and the unease that one feels with the knowledge of an unreliable body. Therefore, our prints depict both the physical and psychological spaces at once, so that we may show a more complete view of the self.
Our bodies become tools for drawing, creating both hand-based and photographic marks. This performative act in our processes, when the photographic is combined with drawing, changes and informs the figures’ identity. Doubling and mirroring is used as a device to envision the different sides of one’s psyche. Printmaking techniques, such as silkscreen and digital printing, have allowed us to layer spaces and re-present how viewers perceive illness.
Our prints are not meant to focus on the fear of living with an uncertain future, but to acknowledge the weight of contemplation. Our hope is that viewer will empathize and connect to these figures, and come to find that we all carry anxiety about the functionality of our bodies and, more broadly, our mortality. These prints are meant to create a dialogic atmosphere on the shared, connecting reflection over the state of our ever-failing bodies. By depicting both internal and tangible worlds at once, we can feel that their otherness is something we can all relate to.
Grace Sippy Biography
Darian Goldin Stahl Biography