It's an interesting experience! We have been a couple for nearly 30 years, we get on well, we have helped each other on individual projects - though neither of us really call ourselves artists generally - when we have made work or organised an event. But this is the first time we have attempted to put something together to exhibit with both our names attached.
The first concepts we agreed quickly - the medium (neon) the interpretation of the theme (homesickness) as we both identified with the idea that distance from home gives you some kind of perspective on your feelings about it - either that you really want to be back there, or that you suddenly feel free with a load lightened. We didn't take up the second view, possibly because we had both had experiences of homesickness which was very powerful.
Then we started to think a bit differently about how we would express this. Andrew has been typically dIrect. We created a phrase which will be made in neon and for him the placing of that (high up in a lonely nook in the church) was sufficient to express the vulnerable still, small voice of the loneliness of feeling homesick, but for me, I want to take it further. I have been taking photographs when I am away, which represent the way that you can feel lonely when in a crowd, and that when travelling you can be amongst people and still feel lonely, alone, vulnerable and wanting to be home among your friends and family.
More than once, in a nice way, we have offered each other to take the work and submission as an individual piece but that seems like defeat, and I am more keen on making it work than he is (not commitment, just personality). So I am creeping up on the situation and bit by bit turning the photos into reality and then will see if I can incorporate them. I think they will add, Andrew thinks they will clutter - sums us up really!
Anyway, I will let you know how it goes. Our piece is called Homesick so at least we have that and our text sorted out. Would I choose to collaborate again? I am not sure but I am glad that we are sticking with it this time. It is a welcome challenge for now!