Twins explores our mechanisms for mentally constructing acceptable physical identities, both our own and that of others. Most faces are clearly not symmetrical but our mind processes seem to average them out for our perception – including our own in the mirror. Every so often this “averaging” capacity switches itself off in my head and can’t help seeing the two other possible faces all at once. So I’m working with that to try and reveal to myself, and the public what we do, turning each sitter into two “twins”.
These are, therefore, double portraits of each side (each half doubled up) of the sitter’s face. The twins are more or less similar depending on the symmetry (or lack of it) of the original individual.
This body raises the question of who we really are. If our own face contains these two other possibilities (as well as the “real” unsymmetrical version), could this also offer the notion that identity is, perhaps, a fluid and multiple matter, and that we are not locked into one unique way of being ourselves?