After decades apart in separate continents my twin brother and I are now a suburb away. A poem written by my brother responds to our re-connection and shared childhood memories. Our memories are as different as ying and yang, black and white. Our shared memories emerge together like flowers in the spring, interconnected.
Photographs of two children place us in the same moments
I don't remember an image of me without you
Inseparable in every celebration
We were always together
It took years to learn that you were just like any other sister
Being your twin brother conferred nothing special upon you or me
No one becoming two
We were always apart
I recall vividly what you do not remember
As if we were together and yet strangely apart
One of us disappeared in plain view of the other
Joint witnesses to separate remembering
Memory is a tongue that speaks many languages
Philip Snellen 2018
wooden hoop, cotton, embroidery thread, wire, found objects, beads
15 x 40 cm
Carol Cooke, in conversation with Professor Ian Howard, discusses her work Interconnected. Recorded on 12 October 2019 at the 2019 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize exhibition, Woollahra Council.
Judges of the 2019 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Professor Ross Harley (Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture), Louise Herron AM (Chief Executive Officer, Sydney Opera House) and Tim Ross (Design and Architecture advocate, Broadcaster, Author and Comedian).
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