The Lake Twins

BA (Hons) Fine Art 2012

Central Saint Martins

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We are identical mirror twins who work collaboratively. We are particularly interested in making drawings and films centering on exploring an apparent psychological bond between ourselves.

The presence of one figure throughout our work is significant to our practice because it represents our desire to own a unified identity. Through this subject we live as one and can exist as a whole. As female artists and twins, we believe that if we used one female figure she could only represent half of us. This is why we do not use female subjects in our work. The sole male subject is therefore something we can share in together, because he can be one that represents not half of us but a whole.

As identical twins we look for similarities and differences in what we encounter because it is how we are encountered socially. We explore drawing as a means of investigating the concept of comparison that we face as twins. We draw the figure independently but use the same images so that when the drawings are bought together the details are observed with comparison. We therefore think of the process of drawing as a means of discovering how similar our perceptions are, to observe how closely we think and perceive the subject as twins.

The nature of our collaboration is comparative. Our films investigate how we respond to the same moments. In our films the uniform figure who features throughout our work is placed in spontaneous and urban situations. The spontaneity is used to explore a shared experience of what occurs in real time. We therefore use the excitement of not being in full control of a situation to learn and discover together. This generates conversations between ourselves that have more recently been transcribed into texts, which unlock secrets about how we respond to situations, and to what extent these responses to events outside of our control are similar.

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