Sometimes at my theatre shows, I take a photo or two from the wings or other unseen persepctives in a theatre. Here are some …
I made this a few year back, probably 2014 or 15. I had an idea that an ailurophile’s mind or cat-lover’s brain could look a lot like a cat snoozing. I roughly drew out the idea then started messing with air drying clay, which i found was much easier to get the correct shapes and depths I was hoping for.
I was pleased to find that the cat anatomy mirrored (roughly) the brain lobes 🙂 Also that the vertebrae of the spine was easily represented by a stripy tail. I didn’t think the end result was ‘all that’ but really please to have the idea manifest beyond my own brain and a few people have since commented on it rather favourably, so here it is (resting on top of a green man wall piece I made):
I was a child model but…. (butt) as soon as puberty hit no-one wanted to know. I experienced much anxiety and shame over my height and body shape as a young teenager. I eventually reached the mighty height of 5′ and a bit of an inch and with fully blooming curves but of course was totally ‘unfit’ for ‘off the peg’ garments and ‘fashionable’ things…. Ho Hum. Whether it was the height or my curves or the combination… I don’t know.
So, I went about testing a theory. My theory was that the status quo on ‘acceptable’ female bodies was always changing and probably quite easy to subvert, if I was willing to be risky (risk rejection, dissent, criticism…) and persist. So, I did.
As an adult, I have appeared on many magazine covers, billboards and advertising campaigns. I somehow managed this by being fastidiously present at events and amusing/interesting/eccentric enough to publishers, producers and designers for them to take a punt on a differently shaped, pint-sized model with something to say.
I have a lot of insight to share now with others – emotionally, practically and artistically on these illusory ideas of beauty and gender norms.
I landed (cat-like) in the world of fetish and alternative fashion, modelling internationally for latex and corsetry designer, appearing in print and on many global catwalks. My subversive appeal led to some very interesting achievements including being on the cover of prestigious art publication 125 magazine (thanks to the the wonderfully creative Finlay MacKay, photographer), appearing on the walls of London Fashion Week 2007 (TOWERING in print over the fashionable folk! lol) and with my image hanging in the Paul Smith Gallery in Tokyo.
I was also the face and body of a variety of advertising campaigns for skin care, corsets, BDSM apparel (why not?), luxury goods and events. My image has become useful to artists in a variety of mediums, from digital to acrylic as, chalks and even music. I’ve even been manifested as an oil painting here and there too. I keep a special one in my attic.
Often working with those experiencing emotional difficulties over body image, I offer workshops to enhance body confidence drawing on my skills and experience complete with personal photoshoot. Click here!
I love photographing others and exploring their identity.