Empty Words, Empty Promises
24x18-graphite on paper-20 hours- (see previous posts for missing/more information)
Now, I shift back to my own emotional connection to my twin brother Ian, who has low-functioning autism, while retaining the biological aspect from my previous post. I took a description I had written for my biology class about the process of meiosis and the creation of fraternal twins and placed it as the background of this image. It is a summary of what the two of us have come from. I aimed to create a contrast between objective and personal self-portraiture. Both the text and the drawing describe the product of meiosis, both capturing different types of truth, one detached and analytical, the other more emotional. The empty plate, the lack of silverware, and my looking directly at the viewer aim to portray that in this text behind me, so much is missing. The information is constantly being warped around the present. No one knows what the cause of autism is. Biology itself has yet to understand my twin brother. This piece captures origins, divergences, and the present, impossibly complex.