OBJECTS

My practice encompasses photography, video, installation and performance.

I use photographs of objects and people to question issues of artificiality and idealisation.

 

 

Self-Portraits

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 Lifes

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.

 

 

 LATEST NEWS

PERFORMANCE: Freedomination Soapbox collaboration with Davin Watne

to accompany freedomination billboard

 

23rd September 2017

RedBoard2017, Hull 2017 City of Culture

https://www.hull2017.co.uk/discover/article/billboard-art-encourages-free-speech-hull/

 

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.

http://www.anglia.ac.uk/arts-law-and-social-sciences/ruskin-gallery/consumed-still-lives

 

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

http://store.anglia.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences-events/conference-events/animate-objects-encounters-between-people-and-things

 

INTERVIEW:  Dawn Woolley / The Substitute, April 2017, Interviewed by Anna McNay

http://www.photomonitor.co.uk/the-substitute/

 

JOURNAL ARTICLE:

Aberrant consumers: Selfies and fat admiration websites

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/21604851.2017.12...

 

 

 

 

 

RECENT WORK

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.

 

 ABOUT

CONTACT:

dawn.woolley@network.rca.ac.uk

DAWN WOOLLEY