Where are you from?
Although I was born and grew up in Ireland and then Cornwall, I'm a funny mix of Scottish, Welsh and Italian.
How old are you?
What and where did you study?
I studied Fashion History & Theory at Central Saint Martins, I graduated with a First Class Honours Degree.
Why do you take pictures of yourself?
(I kid you not this is the most F.A.Q)
There are many reasons! I'm naturally quite a theatrical person (my mum always said I should of been on the stage) and have always been fascinated by tableau portraits and films. From a young age I was interested by Frida Kahlo, Cindy Sherman, Sophie Calle and more recently the work of Juliet Margaret Cameron. They, to me (and many others) all represent strong archetypical female figures and all use dress as a way of exploring what it means to be a female. I think clothes, and fashion, are often considered a 'woman's' pursuit so I find it interesting to play with that. I enjoy dressing in drag and subverting notions of what femininity means, exploring the often multiple facets to women and their daily experience. Some people have a very negative reaction to my work, they either think I'm mad or self-obsessed or both. However, I don't really see my day to day self in the pictures, I see each series of photographs as a performance, I'm playing a character not myself! The performative aspect to self-portraiture is another aspect, I'm interested in dance, so posture, movement and pose are all
elements I play with. Each of my ensembles is what I call a 'Wearable Artfit'.
Why don't you work in fashion?
I studied fashion history and I love clothes but not so much the fashion industry. I'm much more intrigued by the theoretical underpinnings of it all than the day to day reality! I tend to gravitate towards the outsiders rather than the insiders- I suppose I'm naturally anarchic.
What was your BA thesis on?
It was titled Gaps and Voids: the space between in the work of Rei Kawakubo, Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto. It was an exploration of Japanese aesthetics in fashion (please do email if you'd like more info/ a pdf.
Who are your favourite artists?
(I've included illustrators, photographers, sculptors etc - it is by no means a comprehensive list!)
Sophie Calle, Frida Kahlo, Matisse, Cindy Sherman, Enid Marx, Niki de Saint Phalle, Karel Appel, Kaffe Fasset, Lillia Frantin, Juliet Margaret Cameron, Nadar, Ida Kar, Frederic Leighton, Millais, Maria Prymachenko
What are you favourite films?
(again not a comprehensive list- I'm always willing to give recommendations.)
All Derek Jarman's work, most of Mike Leigh's work (in particular Abigail's Party, Nuts in May, Another Year), Performance by Donald Cammell, Don't Look Now by Nicholas Roeg, A House in Bayswater by Ken Russell, The Red Spectre by Segundo de Ghomon & Ferdinand Zegga, Inauguration of The Pleasure Dome by Kenneth Anger, Belle de Jour by Louis Bunuel, Blow-up by Michelangelo Antonioni, Who Are You Polly Maggoo by William Klein.
What are you favourite musicians?
I mainly listen to Hot Sugar