20cm x 20cm each
My practice is concerned with the perception of space and the cyclical dialogues that are formed between our bodies and our surroundings. Working predominantly in performance-based photography, landscape photography and video, I produce often surreal works which tread the line between the immediacy of performance and the careful construction of image-making. I utilise my own form (via a self timer) within my images to investigate questions of distance and closeness, subjectivity and objectivity, questioning and reinventing typical physical responses to the environments we inhabit and objects we interact with.
The desire to inhabit space differently inspires bizarre, unusual imagery, a vehicle to perceive and understand ourselves and our surroundings as freed from rigid constrictions. The body is intangible and fluid in my work: the subject and orchestrator of the images, it plays with and tricks the viewer, incomprehensible and sometimes nearly invisible. It is played off against space or enveloped within it in an attempt at becoming. Sometimes knowingly utilising it’s femininity in covert display, and sometimes androgynous in its appearance, it attempts to demonstrate the inexplicable strangeness of being.
It wishes to be considered differently, and to function atypically: wriggling out of binaries and behaving according to emotional and sensory drives. A form of sub-reality is created within the process of image-making, one in which rules are misshapen, the feminine body is freed from prescribed norms, and where we rethink our perceptions of spaces and objects.
Through the use of my own body within my work, I play with notions of gaze and feminine performance and display. The female presence creates and controls the image, acting subversively and inhabiting space atypically, reclaiming it and inventing playful ways to exist differently. www.rosaleighharvey-otway.com