My practice encompasses photography, video, installation and performance.
I use photographs of objects and people to question issues of artificiality and idealisation.
Primarily this artwork is self-portraiture, but not in the traditional sense. In
the work I create photographic substitutes. I examine the act of looking and
being looked at, frequently using my own experience of becoming an object of
sight to draw attention to the power relations of exhibitionism and voyeurism.
By presenting myself as an object it could be argued that I reproduce
stereotypical images of the female body, but I hope to confound the hierarchy
of object and subject.
Still life images are portraits of a type, evoking unseen subjects who possess
and consume the objects on display. Drawing on both definitions of the term ‘consume’ I use food still life photography to represent different characters
and positions in relation to advanced capitalist society. What I eat and how I
eat is a metonym of my wider consumer habits. Food is also employed as a metaphor for the subjection of my body under capitalist systems. The
commodities I consume are integrated in my identity and my identity is shaped
to a marketing demographic. I am what I consume. I am an advertisement for
the commodities I consume.
PERFORMANCE: Freedomination Soapbox collaboration with Davin Watne
to accompany freedomination billboard
23rd September 2017
RedBoard2017, Hull 2017 City of Culture
EXHIBITION: Consumed: Stilled Lives,
Private View: Thursday 28th Sept 2017
Exhibition opening times: Thurs 21st Sept – Sat 14th Oct 2017, 10am – 4.30pm.
Ruskin Gallery, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge CB1 1PT.
SYMPOSIUM: Animate Objects: Encounters between People and Things
13th October 2017, 1-6pm
Interdisciplinary event exploring how objects become meaningful, and provide us with
meaning. Convened by Dr. Dawn Woolley, ARU and Dr. Ellen Sampson, CCA
INTERVIEW: Dawn Woolley / The Substitute, April 2017, Interviewed by Anna McNay
Aberrant consumers: Selfies and fat admiration websites
The Relics series was made as the threatening counterpoint to the bright glossy appeal of Lure. Reminiscent of devotional artefacts and ceremonial figures such as totems, votive candles, and janus figures, these relics connote an overvaluation of commodities and the ideological social values disseminated by product packaging. They seem powerful.
Made from different types of packing material, and beginning to show signs of age, these relics are not sacred objects that are preserved for centuries because they are considered to be important, rather they are waste that cannot be destroyed. They suggest the non-biodegradable nature of our consumer society. They simultaneously show themselves as commodities to be worshipped and rubbish to be discarded. Like janus figures they reveal both sides of their nature. They conflate ideas of the sacred and profane.