2003, Photograph, Audio Monologue, Dimensions Variable
“… You and You II (2003) [are] two large dark circular photographic portraits of a man and woman, accompanied by audio monologues. As you stare into the dark orb of the portrait, you lose yourself in a poetic string of naked confessions: ‘You make me believe I am lost without you. You make me greedy for your attention. You make me want to consume your identity. You make my heart sink deeper into the abyss every time I go to bed alone…’
The female lover details the stream of obsessive thoughts that grip her being in a state of pathological love. The seductiveness of the voice and the dark sexiness of the image invite you to feel the weak-kneed surrender of desire. But at the same time the words awaken logic and disturbing phrases provoke an interrogation of powerlessness, puncturing the spell of romance.”
Alex Dodd, Art South Africa, Vol 03, Issue 04, Winter 2005
In a room painted black, on the wall opposite the door, hangs a single circular mirror. A set of headphones hangs beneath the mirror. As one moves closer and sits in front of the image, the blackness of the mirror seems somehow deeper than the surface on which the reflection lies - the result of reflective glass and light, rather than an actual mirror. On staring at the image reflected in the glass a second portrait emerges from the blackness behind.
Through the headphones a sultry voice whispers secrets to the viewer. The voice repetitively addresses the viewer as “you” which, along with the reflection, forces the viewer to become the unavoidable subject of the piece.