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About the artist:

Tansy Hutcheson-Lovett, a UK-based Fine Art graduate, frequently works using a portrait performance photography technique that she developed throughout her last year at University. Also works using various drawing techniques including monoprints.

Artist Statement:

Exploring roles and characters, Tansy Hutcheson-Lovett physically transforms herself into a variety of different female characters, with concerns about transformation through disguise. She is also interested in creating layers of fakery through make-up, wigs and (often historical) costuming, to create surface illusions hiding the person beneath. She is influenced by feminist theory such as Kat Banyard’s ‘The Equality Illusion’, which states “Despite decades of feminist critique of the tyranny of beauty, monitoring and manipulating their appearance remains a daily feature of women’s lives”, which has informed her ideas about how sexism has aggravated the obsessive pursuit of the current beauty aesthetic. In addition to this, she is influenced by Lynda Nead’s writing about the need for women to reclaim control over their bodies by “the ways in which the body is imaged and represented within culture”.

By taking her own photographs using a remote control shutter release, she puts herself completely in control as artist, stylist, model, actress and photographer. This relates her work to ideas about control of self-image and the pursuit of an ideal aesthetic, and in disguising her own appearance within her photographs she offers a critique of self-objectification. Through the use of historically-loaded costumes, she questions if transforming one’s appearance into a look that is currently perceived as beautiful leads to the exploration of one’s own desires, or if this is actually just another form of putting oneself on display for the pleasure of viewers within a male-dominated society.


All rights reserved. Images are copyright Tansy Hutcheson-Lovett unless otherwise stated. Artwork may not be reproduced, copied, edited, published, transmitted or downloaded without prior written consent from the artist.

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