Ladies and gentlemen...step right up and prepare yourselves for a fantastic journey into the bizarre world of identical twins...*
As identical twins, we have always been interested in exploring issues concerning 'joint identities' and twin-ship. Whilst working individually, we both turned to photography and digital media as our main tools for creating artwork.We initiated our collaboration part way through our BA studies in 2002. During this time, our efforts started to centre solely upon our own identities and we developed an interest in altering our appearance adopting new identities as a way of compensating for sharing a singular identity.
Our work pays particular focus to the twin, what it is to be an identical being to in essence, share an identity with your double.We explore the worldwide fascination with twins: in terms of the pop culture fixation of the evil-twin, the depths of the twin in folklore (the doppelganger) and the themes explored through psychology and psychoanalysis (nature versus nurture, ESP, Frued and Ranks theories, etc).We aim to take advantage of the visual power the awkwardness, the lack of fit and belonging, the freakish feel of the twin motif. Within the performance of our self-portraits we illustrate the relevance of such an evocative motif in the context of a culture still fixated on the individual.