The Backdrop Paintings

This current project evolved form the “Selfie Disrupter” series of photographic portraits: a reaction and contemplation of the phenomenon of taking “selfies” in front of art. Like Holbein’s “The Ambassadors” the backdrop to the protagonists is a display of knowledge and wealth. For those with enough funds you can tag your knowledge of contemporary art […]

Selfie Disrupter – the images

On the 30th September and 1st October 2017 I took 40 portraits as part of open studios at Deborah House, Hackney. The series is called “Selfie Disrupter”. I offered to take portraits in front of a hand painted backdrop using my vintage Hasselblad. There was a choice of two backdrops. One inspired by icons, the […]

Selfie Disrupter

This weekend alongside Sluice Biennial http://www.sluice.info/ Deborah House Studio is opening to the public. I will be there Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 12-6pm. As an anti-selfie I will be taking portraits with my vintage Hasselblad using my hand painted backdrops. The backdrops are inspired by photographic backdrops by Sarah Oliphant, the painted […]

The Pencil Test, 2016

In response to the theme of Anxiety I created a short film that is being shown at the 57th Venice Biennale in a satellite project devised and curated by Vanya Balogh. The resulting film is “The Pencil Test”. We are so used to the sexualised bodies of celebrities and porn stars that exposing a normal […]

Intimacy and distance

As the Witnessing Woman series matures I recognise that distance has become an important element in my photography. I mean ‘distance’ to refer to the physical and psychological distance that the artist has with her subject and the ways in which the photographs play with the physical and psychological distance of the viewer. For example […]

The Nude Male – curated by Julie Cook and Nerys Mathias, 2015

The Nude Male Curated by Julie Cook and Nerys Mathias 18-20th March 2015, AVA Gallery, University of East London The Nude Male presents ten female photographers using the male nude in their practice. The exhibition spans work made in Paris in the 1930’s, political feminist work from the 70s and 90s, and contemporary work from […]

Residencies at ArToll 2012+2014

Directional Forces 2012 Artoll, Bedburg-Hau, Germany www.artoll.de Residency: 4-18 March 2012 Viewing: 17 March 2012 1pm – 5pm Martin Barrett (UK), Cedric Christie (UK), Garry Doherty (UK), Paul Helliwell (UK), Sally Labern (UK), Ivan Lam (Malaysia), Lesley Logue (UK), Sian Mooney (UK), Mark Sowden (UK), Nerys Mathias (UK), Lewis Paul (UK), Dean Todd (UK), Hedley […]

Treasure, 2009

In 2009 I saw a call for art for an exhibition called: Travelling Light at the WW Gallery London. They wanted art that could fit into a large envelope. I was conscious that my art was concerned with desire yet I had produced few images of men, so I produced “Treasure” which was inspired by […]

Gestures, 2014

During a residency in Germany in 2014 I photographed myself making gestures, thinking about relationships and sex and playing with moving my hands. My work was chosen to be exhibited in Belgrade at the O3one Gallery. For the symposium held at the gallery during the exhibition I discussed the original development of the work. Western […]

Self portraits as Patriarchal Painters, 2007

In 2006 I began a series: “Self Portraits as Dead Iconic Patriarchal Painters” to deal with the contradictory emotions involved with looking within the cannon of art history as an artist working today. As a female artist using photography my desire to join the exclusive group of male painters, whose work I love and identify […]