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DAWN WOOLLEY

THE SUBSTITUTE SERIES 2007-8

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Primarily my artwork is self-portraiture, but not in the traditional sense. In the

work I create a photographic copy of myself and place it in the real world instead

of me. By creating artwork that establishes me as an object it could be argued that

I produce photographs that reinforce stereotypical images of the female body, but

with apparent exhibitionism I create a substitute that renders my real body invisible. There is a suspension of disbelief taking place in the viewing public, as they want

to see image and body simultaneously. This wilful delusion is inherent to the

medium of photography– the desire to look at a 2-dimensional photograph and

believe in the integrity of the 3-dimensional objects that are suggested by

the surface.