No. 4 Doppelganger
Imagine seeing yourself. Not just a photo or your reflection—a representation—but
imagine actually seeing yourself. “How long do you plan to be content?” you ask yourself, or it asks you.
It’s not you, right? That’s a strange question to ask anyway. You hear about being places that you haven’t been, or at least don’t remember having been. You weren’t walking through the field yesterday were you? That person was just in your imagination, a dream. Then, as quickly as it began, it ends.
Well, rather, YOU end.
Welcome to the final days of Mary Shelley’s husband Percy, June 15-18, 1822. This isn’t a rare story. This is a story of ancient Egyptian clones, of alter egos, of Nordic twins, of being our own face of death. This is a story of the
We commonly reference the much-popularized German character of the doppelganger when we see someone with a likeness to a friend or family member on the street—a possible commentary on our ability as a culture to reduce anything to minimal significance, but maybe it’s deeper.
Maybe through the years, descendants from the old world, truly afraid of what it might mean, tried to laugh off or explain away that person they saw in the corner of their eye. It’s easier to brush off your cultural myths than stare your mortality in the face, your own face, possibly to a point of madness. If true, doppelgangers are all around us, residing in a place we can only
imagine, yet barely fathom.
…Or maybe there’s nothing to it. They are called myths and stories for a reason, right?
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Mike Nudelmanwas born in 1985 in Smithtown, New York, received a BFA in Printmaking from Cornell University in 2007, and an MFA in Painting/Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. He has exhibited work at numerous Chicago venues, including the Union League, Sullivan Galleries, Devening Projects + Editions, Julius Caesar, Hungryman Gallery and Zrobili. His artwork is represented by Thomas Robertello Gallery.
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