Two Lovers’ Bodies Fuse Into a Single Form in Provocative Painted Photos

Surely this isn’t what the Spice Girls intended in “2 Become 1”: artist Rik Garrett‘s Symbiosis series depicts couples in various positions and stages of entwinement who have quite literally fused, flesh to flesh, and become a single being. Garrett writes that the aim of these images, created by painting on top of photographs, is “erasing the boundaries of the human body” to create “a physical union made tangible by desire.” Whether the result comes across as “the perfect being,” as the artist suggests, or something out of the body-horror canon will depend on the viewer. Either way, Symbiosis (spotted via Beautiful/Decay), is the kind of art that’s captivating enough to catch your eye — and keep it.

Image credit: Rik Garrett