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pam-woody-wide.webI have been working with costume designer Pam Tait   on  ways ‘older woman’ seem to become or are expected to become invisible and the ways we might resist.  This links into my ‘camouflage’ series which addresses issues experienced by everyone throughout their lives – how we present ourselves and how we negotiate the idea that we must somehow ‘fit in’ but also ‘stand out’  from the

 

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hide/shelter

We humans seek protection: from the elements, from each other, from the world. How we manage this depends on our psychological and material resources – we usually feel they are inadequate.  These images are from a series called ‘protective devices’ made with the performer John Callaghan

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Fake Hair I

Disguise, we all wear masks at some point in our attempts to blend in with the crowd, sometimes our efforts are laughable, sometimes that’s the point. I ran a series of workshops exploring this idea, exaggerating the common tropes of wigs, beards and glasses to enjoy the possibilities of exploring alternative identities.

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fake hair II

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‘wigs’ and ‘beards’ – an inevitable theme in the ‘disguise’ series. It was only after I published the first images that I realised that this is reprising a project that I was involved with several years ago with artist Joanne Wardrop

false facial hair for women – a video-piece inspired by some wispy straw sideburns exhibited in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford accompanied by this label

These symbols of manhood were worn by the (Angolan) bride for a short time after the wedding ceremony before moving into her husband’s home

During the project, archive footage came to light, revealing that the hair pieces were used in a  performance that could be understood as an extended ‘hen party’.