Artist's Statement

Nina Welch-Kling

Duologue is a play between two images creating meanings belonging to neither— a discovery that each viewer interprets differently. Reminiscent of the idea of synchronicity - the temporally coincident occurrences of acausal events yet seems to be meaningful related (1), an idea first expressed by Psychologist Carl Jung in the 1920s.

I scour the street for shots of people or details that capture my attention. Shooting intuitively and spontaneously, my eyes lock onto the unusual, the outstanding and even the mundane. Frequently, dramatic lighting shapes the photographs. I collect the unrelated pieces like stems in a wildflower field - disconnected, yet bound together by their place of origin.

I match the images by playing a game of Memory: finding in each image shapes, gestures, and symbols that rhyme. The rhyming may occur within the major elements in the image, such as the subject, or in a minute detail that otherwise might go unnoticed. By pairing two photos that occurred at different moments in time, the story that emerges can bring them together and suspend time and place.

(1) Jung, Carl (1972). Synchronicity – An Acausal Connecting Principle . Routledge and Kegan Paul