"According to Greek Mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives in search of their other halves."
Here ends the saga where humans were made discrete physically few thousands of years ago, but what about humans in the present day world, whose personalities are an aggregate of added identities? Yes. That's true. There are a lot of people who are an individual distinct entity physically, but are group of people with different gender, biographies, memories,accents, etc. confusing! Isn't it? To put it in a more simpler way: people can behave as different souls attached to one single body. Its their original personality split-up into several other identities. This condition is termed as dissociative identity disorder (DID) which was previously known as multiple identity disorder. This disorder is an extreme form of trauma, especially trauma caused mostly due to horrific experiences in childhood. This is a defense mechanism by people who cannot directly act or speak up during certain circumstances and hence these alternate personalities take up the control over the present personality and attain superiority. For most people suffering from dissociative identity disorder, this experience can be dreadful but for few others it is exhilarating in ways.
While going through few articles related to arts, I came across an article related to an artist with a very eccentric personality. Her name was Kim Noble. She had dissociative identity disorder with 20 different personalities out of which 14 personalities were artists each with a unique style of painting. Among her personalities, one(Anon) has a very unique way of representing womanhood and motherhood.
Two of her other personalities ,Karen and Patricia's media of art were very abstract.
It appeared as if their paintings were mirror to their souls and their soul was being translated through their paintings. All her paintings were out of the world. For people reading about this disorder, it can be electrifying but for people suffering from it, it's generally like conflicting with yourself as many identities reside inside your body -fighting to take over the authority and for few others like Kim Noble it's an opportunity for speaking the unspoken and fulfilling their aspirations through their alternate identity.