"This work is an honest representation of the duality or multiplicity of the self in regard to decisions about intimate relationships, family, belief systems, and lifestyle options. I am interested in not only what the subject matter says about myself, but also what the viewer's response to these images says about their own identities and social constructs."—Kelli Connell
On the surface, Kelli Connell's series Double Life appears to be documenting the relationship between two women. Closer examination reveals that Connell uses a single individual to represent both sides of an evolving relationship, digitally combining multiple negatives of the same model. Through this work, Connell explores identity, gender, sexuality, and the duality of "self." Floating perfectly demonstrates the subtle and restrained style of an artist engaged in big ideas.
Kelli Connell’s body of work entitled Double Life has been widely received and included in numerous national solo and group exhibitions. Her work is in the collections of Microsoft, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Photography; The Haggerty Museum of Art; and The Dallas Museum of Art. Recent publications include MP3: Midwest Photographers’ Publication Project (Aperture and The Museum of Contemporary Photography), Vitamin Ph: New Perspectives in Photography (Phaidon) and Photo Art: The New World of Photography (Aperture). Kelli Connell: Double Life was published by DECODE Books in Fall 2011.