Before we could speak English we had our own language. The only word we remember is DeeTee which meant candy. We no longer remember our twin language but I’d like to think we communicate on another plain. This art exhibition is about the coming of age as twins. Hey Twin Boy was the name given to us by the kids in our first neighborhood. As some have said we are a “two for one deal”. We are often thought of as one in the same. Being an identical twin is a real life magic trick surrounded by a sort of excitement, surprise and awkwardness. We can be different places at once. People who you’ve never met think they know you and they kind of do. For better or worse I can cash in on the efforts my twin brother has put forth.
We had the same dream once. Sharing the womb and arriving to this world together allows for a whole other level of dialogue. Mostly I liken it to an old married couple that doesn’t need to complete full sentences before the other understands the point. These pieces have allowed us to revisit parts of our twin lives and compare. It has been a joy to have 2 of myself. Honestly I feel sorry for my wife. As a twin my expectations of friendships and relationships have been tainted by our bond.
Indianapolis Musuem of Art Design Chairs
Little Parade is an on-going series where I make flags and put them in constructed sets or in landscapes. This project began as nothing more than away to physically and visually interact with my surroundings. After starting this project, I began to question the concept and controversy of flags. They have little or no monetary value but can symbolize a great deal. This playful project is a deconstruction of what a flag is. Conceptually it has turned into me using the flag as a physical adjective to explore notions of conquering, exploration and surrender. The flag is a sort of “fill in the blank”.
Anjali Forber-Pratt, U.S. Wheelchair Racer, Competing In 2012 Paralympics. (Photographed at the University of Illinois)
Is an on-going portrait series I started in 2014, featuring participants in the fringe hobby of role-playing. The series is an exploration of how our hobbies can help us discover and implement who we are outside of jobs, bills, societal pressures, even our friends and families. These Individuals are creating worlds and stories, which are benefitting their lives and communities.