Spooky action at a distance is an enigmatic term coined by Einstein meant to describe quantum entanglement, or the strange phenomenon when particles, or objects– potentially of any size and at any distance apart, become inexplicably linked together. These bonded entities become responsive to one another as if invisibly tethered in ways scientists do not really understand, and which can no longer be described as independent. The theory is so unusual that Einstein was essentially dismissive of the possibility even while reflecting on it, but the concept has since been documented and confirmed.

Marina Kappos identifies with this phenomena, in part because she has experienced life as an identical twin, separate yet connected. As she describes it, “I have grown up with a mirrored reflection of myself, but one that is also independent and leading a different life than me.” Both Kappos sisters can quickly affirm that being an identical twin leads to a highly unique existence that is difficult for the outside world to understand. Like quantum entanglement, or “spooky action at a distance”, identical twins are intrinsically linked from birth, almost as carbon copies, and many sets routinely claim to experience telepathy or other forms of psionic abilities with their sibling. This duality of nature and sharing an almost exact form with her sister is one of the primary sparks driving Marina Kappos in her new paintings.

Kappos has honed a precision-based process that is truly her own. The paintings generally manifest subconsciously and are obsessively tight. She applies repeating layers of acrylic paint in different hues to form ethereal images and figures that rest slightly offset from their neighboring silhouettes. Reverberating faces and skulls, a new “spooky” motif, repeat in opposing mirror-image or spin together in cycles, all while dancing together in the confined spaces of her canvases; like echoes. The buzzing frequency and optical motion in Kappos’s works reminds us that our notions of what we think of as being concrete, or as existing as separate and distinct objects (even our own bodies) might be more fluid than we realize.