A twin take on imitation artwork

Identical twins Lindsey Civil and Karen Davidson who are taking part in Radio 4 discussion programme on imitation art.
Identical twins Lindsey Civil and Karen Davidson who are taking part in Radio 4 discussion programme on imitation art.
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DOES an original work of art have more value than a copy...and if so, why?

This was the question pondered in a recent Radio 4 panel discussion recording of The Philosophers’ Arms, which is set to be aired on August 14.

And among those called upon to provide an expert view on the issue were Northamptonshire twins Lindsey Civil and Karen Davidson.

Lindsey and Karen often take part in studies with the Department of Twin Research in London, and came across an advert to take part in the Radio 4 programme.

The pair, who work together running The Twin Gift Company in Sywell, were asked to help discuss the merits of an original work 
of art compared to an imitation.

Karen said: “The hypothetical situation they had was that they had a chap who wanted to buy an old master and donate it to a national museum. He also wanted to have a copy for himself. His kids had been playing with the paintings and he did not know which was which. 
The question was, did it matter?”

She continued: “Our part in it was to discuss what it is like to have a genetic copy of yourself, do you feel the same and what are your differences?”

But what was it like as a twin being involved in a discussion about ‘copies’?

Karen said: “We don’t get offended if people mix us 
up and we don’t feel any less individual if people mix us up, but then we don’t know any different. I look at Lindsey and it is like looking in a mirror.

“We don’t feel we have to go out of our way to be the same or different. We have similar hair but that is the way we feel our hair suits us. We might look more different if we were striving for individuality but we don’t feel any less of a person because there is someone very similar to us either.”