The Ideal Lovers

This series is made up of pairs of portraits. The subjects of the portraits are presented with corresponding portrait of the artist in which she transforms into the projection of the subject’s idealized romantic partner.


I interviewed people that I admire and am interested in and asked them, “What kind of person is your ideal romantic partner? What kind of romantic partner would you yourself like to be?” This is a series where I transform into the romantic partners of these people. I have tried to examine the gender and sexual identity politics that ambiguously waver inside of me through this series. In these works, we have taken portraits of each other and these portraits will be presented as pairs.

Ayano Sudo