Thursday, 10 April 2014

See Me Here - Book Launch and Artists Talk

My Costumed Self Portrait Series, dating from 1990 to 2000 is being featured in a newly published book titled See Me Here: A Survey of Contemporary Self Portraits from the Caribbean (click for Facebook page). Editors Mariel Brown and Melanie Archer,  together with Robert and Christopher Publishers have produced the book. The book launch will take place at Medulla Art Gallery, Fitt Street Port of Spain, on Thursday 24th April 2014 as part of the Bocas Literary Festival. An artists talk will follow, on Friday 25th April 2014, from 6.30 to 8.30 PM.

As an art student in Dundee Scotland, I began a body of work that would span 10 years.  The work began with costumes - wearable sculptures crafted from wire, paper, threads, sequins and fabric. In an attempt to document these pieces, I started photographing myself wearing them.

The act of photographing the costumes involved performing the personality of the costume. The costumes were physically uncomfortable to wear but each costume represented some aspect of my personality, a role or stereotype that I would willingly or unconsciously step into, from time to time.

Doux Doux and Wannabe were made between 1990 and 1992. They revealed the more lighthearted, playful, frivolous aspects of my personality. After a break of 6 years, I returned to this body of work with She Web and Blinkered by Colour, made in the period 1998 – 2000. These later pieces were bolder, more blatantly sexual and even predatory.

This series of self portraits was my way of negotiating and processing my experience as a women, in relation to topics such as sexuality and sexual attractiveness, body culture, body image, sexism and feminism, the way that heterosexual women relate to men, and how much role play and stereotype forms part of these interactions.

Invitation for the Book Launch and Artists Talk

Blinkered By Colour 1998
Wannabe 1 1990 - 1992
Wannabe 2 1990-1992

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