'Moments of possession (the angler fish is mating #3)', 2017, water color and oil pastel on paper, 42 × 29,7 cm
Born Budapest (HU), 1984
Thalassa II/ Fish – Volcano – Twins
How much do humans and animals carry of early evolutionary and prenatal memories and their traumatic imprints encoded in our unconscious genetic structures? Through painting, sculpture and videos, Adam Ulbert has created a visual vocabulary that encompasses what he calls the “psycho-morphological connection between the symbiotic mating habit of the angler fish, under water volcanism as primal nature-culture creating force, and these effects on having a conjoined twin consciousness as being natural entities.” To procreate, the male fish enters the female and is eventually absorbed in it, creating a single entity which is no longer separable. This in turn brings to mind the comedy writer Aristophanes’ theory of love in Plato’s Symposium. He describes how early humans were single, sphere-like creatures, two but at the same time whole in the same body. They were deemed too powerful by the gods, who eventually cut them down into halves. The volcano’s violent eruption throws underwater life onto the surface of the earth, dividing it through the evolutionary process from its deep-sea origins. The twin is perhaps the container of these two primal life-forming events. According to the artist, the logic of the piece could be the following: “merging or initially being merged, a catastrophic event that separates, and having the memory of both the merged and the trauma of separation.” Fish-Volcano-Conjoined Twin.