PRINT October 1998


Though identical twins Jane and Louise Wilson grew up wanting to be artists, when it came to choosing schools they opted to go their own ways: Jane remained in Newcastle, while Louise was off to Dundee. Years later, with graduation approaching, the sisters each mounted the customary degree show. The results: identical to the detail. Less the pure product of the telepathic simultaneity sometimes attributed to twins than willful artistic gesture, their mirror shows animated the dilemma at the core of their work. Both of and not of a single mind, the Wilsons share much, including their practice as artists. Garage, the work made for this early show, included a black-and-white photograph of the two sisters engaging in a sort of psychic short-circuit—a jointly enacted auto-asphyxiation. The scenario, in which Jane, robed in a white dressing gown with a hangman’s noose around her neck, pours a

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