Congratulations ElysianRage! Winner of a 12-month Premium Membership!
Thank you everyone who participated! It was a really tough contest with a wide variety of takes on duality.
Here is the winning work:
It can now be viewed in the group favourites.
And now for a quick word about the piece!
This is a really fascinating artwork with many types of duality addressed. The most obvious are the light and dark, with the yellow suggesting sunlight moving towards the deep dark depths of the underwater.
The air and water duality is also prominent, but the artist has cleverly tied this is with another duality, that of freedom and restriction. Air symbolises freedom, with flight and the defiance of gravity being key to this characteristic. In this artwork, the shining spirit suggests freedom by flying in from above, with garments that flow freely. The android, however, is connected by cables to something unseen in the dark, and has a hard and inflexible body that also suggests a lack of freedom. This is reinforced by the sad expression on its face.
Life and death are also explored in the choice of the two characters presented. Interestingly, each character can be interpreted as representing both parts of the duality. The shining spirit can be taken to represent life by its organic flowing lines, an allusion to the natural world, particularly the light of the sun which sustains our planet. It contrasts the unnatural android made from human technology, hard and sterile, and also damaged and torn in half - a clear suggestion of impending death. However the android could also be considered a symbol of life, due to its potential for a type of immortality that no natural creature can attain. It appears to be functioning still, despite missing half its body, and the cables are connected in a way that suggests it is tied to some life-sustaining machine. Whereas the spirit could also be interpreted as the soul of a creature already dead and lingering between here and the afterlife.
Equally as fascinating as the many forms of duality presented is the story the artwork presents. Entitled "Merge", it suggests a union of these opposing dualities. The characters touch on the threshold, but what happens next? Will they fuse to become something on the border of light and dark, air and water, life and death, natural and unnatural? If so, could the resulting creature be human? Humans contain both light and dark in their souls, they live on the earth that stands between sea and sky, they are aware of their impending deaths and obsess over the afterlife like no other animal, and though born of nature they seek to create what is considered to be an unnatural world. Or, will the characters merge in some other way? Perhaps the spirit will enter the machine and become its soul? Could this be a comment on artificial intelligence - a question of whether an artificially intelligent being could have something like a soul? Or is the spirit there to free the android from its watery and tethered prison?
So many interpretations can be gleaned from this artwork. So many questions and potential answers. And on top of the conceptual quality, the technical aspects of this artwork are also of high quality, despite the artist's opinion that it remains unfinished.
Well done, ElysianRage!
To all our members, have a great holiday season, and keep up the amazing work in 2014! Keep your eye on Duality-Pandemic, we'll be sure to have a new competition coming soon!