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Taking my photo, Birthday, up to the london show today

Going up to Photofusion in London to deliver my print for their annual salon show. They selected one of my photos- 2nd Birthday. I have now worked further on the words that I put with my images, as it appears that they are quite weak.

This is the latest version of my artist statement for the project, in 150 words

The subject of this ongoing project, is the family I will never have, hence the title, “Photos I will never take”.  I am constructing a fictional narrative of an alternative life with children, using myself, family, friends, props, a child mannequin, and a “reborn baby” to create a series of tableaux of typical family scenes, with the ultimate aim of creating a fictional family album.

The photos are the intended end product, but the act of creating them is a piece of performance art. It explores the question; How mad do you have to get for people to understand the pain?  The project also refers to the impact of the marketing of the perfect family and the effect of this on those who cannot have them. Ultimately, I am trying to communicate the pain and grief of being childless, as it is a subject that is often ignored.

If anyone can give me feedback on this or improve it, please do make a comment, I would appreciate it, as I really struggle with trying to explain my work 

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I am an artist working with photography. I like to work by using performance and then photographing the performance. I seem to be increasingly using the moving image alongside the photographs. I spent over 15 years working in mental health, whilst also practising art in a studio in Spitalfields market. I then became involved in regeneration projects and was one of the team who won a lottery grant for Hastings Pier to be rebuilt. I am now concentrating more on my art practice.

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