The Extraordinary Life of Germany's Doublefaced Girl

Doublefaced is an intriguing series by Berlin-based German artist Sebastian Bieniek that features portraits of a girl with the illusion of two faces. By simply drawing on each side of his model's head with common makeup products like eyeliner and lipstick, Bieniek transforms the young woman into a eerie set of twins. He cleverly uses one of her own eyes and another drawn eye, applied further towards her temple, to simulate a forward-facing female on the side of her actual face.

The images of the dual-faced subject are both eye-catching and, at times, terrifying. She seems to be an experiment gone awry and set loose in public and private spaces. Just like her hybrid form, one is left feeling mixed emotions by her believable presence. Duality and illusion are strong thematic elements of the series that does a brilliant job of tricking the eye. The model's hair also plays a large part in the effective illusion, separating the two faces or simply framing the one faux face.

Sebastian Bieniek website
Sebastian Bieniek on Facebook
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Comment by Mark L on January 21, 2014 at 6:03pm

I find these photos to be beautiful yet haunting. They pull your mind in different directions at the same time with the contrasts that lie within each photo. Wonderful!

Comment by Stan Stephens on November 9, 2013 at 7:26pm

What a difference some rough lines drawn on a face can make to our perception. Nice work.

Comment by Ihsan Ibrahim on November 5, 2013 at 3:40am

this is beyond amazing! so creative. but have people thought maybe she's suffering from personality disorder?


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