What I absolutely love about this work is its originality. This is the most creative conjoinment piece I’ve come across, and the only one featuring the rotting undead.
I really like the fact that they are joined by what looks to be some sort of parasite which binds them together through their exposed abdomens and whose tentacles wind around their bodies in what would normally be very private places. I find the fact that this parasite is symbiotic not only with them, but also with some sort of insect intriguing. Being undead, I doubt that they can reproduce in the normal fashion, yet they do give birth of a sort – maggots incubate in their abdomens and then later emerge from the left twin, skittering down her voluptuous hip.
From the slight differences in their facial structures, it also looks like they are not identical twins, but instead fraternal ones. Since Siamese Twins are always identical and since these are conjoined (at least in part) by that awesome parasite, it makes me think that they have been cursed, perhaps by dabbling in dark magic of the evil book in the right twin’s hand, perhaps by someone else. What also makes me think that they were cursed is the fact that their conjoinment is not very convenient, as these things go. Their bodies are at an acute angle to one another, so it must be difficult to move about, with their front legs pointing in inconvenient directions.
And yet, despite these difficulties, they have prospered in their own delightfully evil fashion: they have what looks like a (very) loyal zombie slave; as evidenced by the left twin’s conjuration in her highly decomposed right hand.
Furthermore, their self-assured expressions and confident body language (especially with the right twin exposing her leg like she is) makes me think that they have embraced their new nature and are offering the delightfully vile book to the viewer to join them in their evil ways.
I gave 3.5 stars for technique because, though this work is undoubtedly beautiful in its own right; and though you clearly have talent and skill in the medium you used; the arms of the zombie slave have a disharmonically low level of detail and look a little too disproportionate. Plus, I had to search to find the right twin’s hand around her sister’s waist and it’s not perfectly rendered; same goes for what looks like the brownish tentacles on the left twin’s hip.
What is done exceptionally well are their faces; busts; clothing; the green part of the parasite; the two stages of insect; the fact that the skull on the right side of the umbrella seems to be looking down at the book with what looks to be longing (perhaps it was the one who cursed them?); and the book (especially the mouth exhaling the tortured souls).
I can't give a perfect score for vision because, though your work is wonderfully evocative, the brown part of the tentacles seems a little off to me I think that their flatness and the fact that they don't seem to be interacting with much of the rest of the work. My attention is drawn to the right twin’s leg, but I would like to see more of it so I can see if she’s showing it off. This would add to their power and confidence in their sexiness. I can almost become one with the painting, but because of what I just typed (and the way the zombie slave was rendered), it's not quite 100% clear. Still excellent, though.
The fact that this work really makes me think about the various aspects of the subjects’ existence is what made me give you the full 5 stars for impact.
It is obviously exceptionally original, so 5 stars for that, too.
One never comes across this level of subtle detail in these kinds of works.