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Chadwick’s work explores themes such as time and decay, gender and identity, and the erotic and the cerebral. In this work, the human brain is intended as an image of consciousness and love, in contrast to the skull, an emblem of death more commonly found in art. The double image can be viewed as a mirroring of a single identity, or as ‘two individualities’. The work therefore questions the nature of love: is it a reciprocal exchange, or blind narcissism, the projection of oneself onto an unknowable other?

April 2004