This body of work is a psychological portrait. The ownership of the physical image and allowing the person portrayed to say something about themselves through editing there own image- cutting the photograph. The photograph as a physical object becomes the starting point for a discussion where the subject can add meaning to the image. The photographic act becomes a performance that produces a unique object that is not reproducible versus the reproduction of digital images.
Who gave you the roses?
I understood eating disorders especially anorexia and bulimia in depth from conversations with personal friends and family who controlled their life by it. The work was not to be about the physical body as that’s not what I wanted to unravel but the mind and relationship to it.Findings show that children as young as 8 have it and as old as old along with any gender, wage packet, or person.
Who gave you the Roses? is a book made in collaboration with a Beat Ambassador Francesca Carrington Birch in 2012. I met Francesca and I believe we hit it off well with honesty about my understanding of what she went through and hopefully trust as she shared her diary entries from the years before. This blew me away.
Water is a way of being able to change form without changing. I played with this concept illustrating and collaborating with Francesca making sure I didn’t miss the mark. Interestingly, both ending our journey in Cambodia where the final images were taken and where Francesca went after her recovery several years before.
When designing this book I wanted to have little secrets so using tracing paper, envelopes and Polaroids to achieve this intimacy. The text was difficult to read and this is why I decided on the text being in capital letters.
Who Gave you the Roses?
A Portrait 2016-1017
A Portrait 2016 to 2017
The remit for this portrait was for a recognisable but not necessarily obvious likeness, that the viewer would need to engage to find the identity behind the image.
It became a piece about the duality of identity as it is both open and private and unexpected in what is and is not exposed, an expression but not a confession.
A Portrait marks a time of reflecting on self identity, of choosing change and still being yourself.
This piece was commissioned in 2017 and was created from an archived photograph.
Paint and wasabi tape are used.
This is a conceptual piece on disability, control and the emotional needs of growing up quadriplegic. This is not just one story but a conversation, about defying limitations and wanting to fit in, about being left unnoticed and to have no privacy, about using drugs to stay alive and for feeling alive, about the need for touch and love and sex and to have not physical control of your body or surroundings.
About not giving in and not fitting in.
About being smart and funny and beautiful and trapped.