When Cally Trench came across two pencil drawings that she and her brother Nick Trench had made of each other over 45 years earlier, this rediscovery became the catalyst for this exhibition by the two artists.
The title of the exhibition reflects a seldom-acknowledged phenomenon: that brothers and sisters can have a shared background, family and upbringing and yet end up with very different visions and ways of doing things.
Nick Trench's focus is on mood and situation, rather than on identity and character, with recent drawings experimenting with distortion and double-vision of facial features. He explores figures in different environments or treats them in different ways. Sometimes the figure may disappear entirely – perhaps merging into the surroundings or disappearing behind them.
For Cally Trench, one aim of a portrait is to present to the viewer what they would not usually see if they met the person: a total openness and lack of pretence. In her Triptych drawings of herself, she gazes out at the viewer as if she has nothing to hide. She also uses a multiplicity of images to approximate to the way that we see a person in continuous movement.