Thorn questions ideas of shared or composite identity, memory and body. We view these as fundamentally fluid in nature, and strive to incarnate that mutability. We engage both the fictional and the real as equal counterparts, weaving together our actual journeys with story and myth.

Taking our relationship as subject and tool, we negotiate separation and intimacy in pursuit of their limits.  Our attempts to overcome the obstacles that these poles present are continually frustrated. This struggle highlights a paradox inherent in relationships: distance is a wound that can’t be healed because closeness is never complete, but intimacy threatens the sovereign self. We find pleasure and pain in our separateness and in our union.

Combining our skill sets, we employ traditional media like wax casting and oil painting and contemporary electronic media such as video and animation.

Erin Ethridge and Colleen Marie

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