Romulus and Remus, 2005
Nylon spinnaker, electric blowers, flexible duct
each figure approximately three feet
Explanatory text adapted from conversations with the artist and from essays by Gordon Hatt
Connected through the backs by a short piece of flexible duct, Romulus and Remus resemble blow-up Siamese twins, symbiotic melancholy and brutal co-dependent. These babies inflate quickly and forcefully, literally sucking the air from its counterpart while deflation is experienced empathetically, as though it were a complete human expiration. The power of this work is that when a figure loses air, it is seemingly the illusion of physical life itself that disappears.