C O N N I E G O L D M A N
Nouns: either of a pair of similar things
having twice the usual size, quantity, or strength
Doublet (linguistics), one of two or more words of the same language that come from the same root
Doublet (In textual criticism), two different narrative accounts of the same actual event
ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French, ‘something folded’
Verbs: fold or bend (paper, cloth, or other material) over on itself; become twice as much or as many; (double up) bend over or curl up, typically because one is overcome with pain or mirth
Double (music) add the same note in a higher or lower octave to
Double (a fist) he had one arm around her and the other fist doubled.
ORIGIN Middle English: via Old French from Latin duplus (see duple). The verb is from Old French dobler, from late Latin duplare, from duplus.
Much of my work is concerned with the tension between permanence and change, and the Doublets series expands on this theme. It manifests itself in the apparent folding or doubling over of edges and corners of squares, the symbol I use for stability.
In the past several years my life has undergone tremendous change with the deaths of both my parents as well as other members of my close family. It seemed at times as if the building blocks of my life were crashing down around me. My initial instinct was to turn inward, to re-gather my native strengths and forces. Yet at the same time I was able to sense in my situation the opportunity to individuate beyond the point of what I previously considered to be my adult self. I was no longer anyone’s daughter. I stood in no one’s shadow.
The work in the Doublets series embodies the conflicting feelings I experienced with the situation. My instinct to self-protect and withdraw stood in stark contrast to the impetus to open myself up to growth. Thus, while each piece initially suggests a doubling over or an inward collapse, one sees that this is not what is happening. Indeed, no such thing can happen to this resilient and strong support on which I have laid my colors.
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