Carousoul

Carousoul, 2013

“The body-soul was originally thought of as a second, purely material self like the physical self in which it survived… At the earliest stage of his so-called belief in the soul, man seemed to deny rather than fear his own death, for his idea of an immortal body-soul comprised a denial of death which cancelled all possible threats to his perpetuity.” -Otto Rank, in Psychology and the Soul, 1950
 
“Carousoul” depicts this early belief in the soul as its own entity that can be separated from the physical being. Death-related symbolism from Greek Mythology (swans, irises) and Christianity (angels, crosses) decaying adorn the Victorian-style carousal, the base of which is a clock.
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