barbara oettinger
Nov 13, 2013 3:15PM

Symbiosis is composed of a series of 10 portraits of women (5 portraits of daughters + 5 portraits of mothers) created through digital photomontages. Each portrait is generated from the mixture of parts of the face of a mother over the face of her daughter (by exchanging the eyes, nose and mouth between them).

The purpose of this operation were to create 10 portraits that represent the symbiosis of the internal objects (based on psychoanalytic theory) reflected from 5 portraits of mothers with 5 portraits of their daughters respectively. In each picture (the daughter and her mother) demonstrate the mother-child relationship, characterized by the fusion of self and the primary figure of affection (mother), creating a relationship characterized by regression to a time utero, where the body of the mother contains the infant's body, a situation in adulthood, in the absence of a third castrating (the father), tends to build a relationship full of affection and hostility undifferentiated as a tool for separation.

Symbiosis then define a relationship in which both individuals feed on each other and occupy similar places, and even coming to exchange their roles. Each holds to the other a similar power, belong together and they exchange feelings with each other, generating significant shared child inheriting the debts of the past conflicts. Resulting from this relationship that combine the internal objects in one image the internalization of the child and his mother, fusing undifferentiated, thus causing the rivalry, identification and rejection of the characteristics that child sees his mother.

The purpose of the work "Symbiosis" is to bring the viewer identification with the images of mother-child fusion, causing an experience of contemplation left to find in the outside world, through 10 portraits fused unconscious relationship Figures object, with the sole purpose of challenging the identification that occurs between mother and daughter, because despite the rivalries own relationship, she is our first and most important object of identification.

barbara oettinger