Sunday, 26 May 2013

Automyth: Kourtney Roy

Kourtney Roy
Customs House: May 22 - June 30, 2013

Canadian-born Kourtney Roy creates fanciful, banal scenes of domesticity through her photographs. These stylistically posed self portraits present a very stereotypical idea of 1950's female acquiesce with banal objects and vacant stares. There is something beautiful in the vibrancy of colour and even in the apparent perfection and precise placement within the frame.      

The women in these images are seemingly untouchable, lost in a world of artifice. As someone who actually chooses to dress like the women in these images everyday, it unnerved me to see such fashion associated with female subservience. This emphasis on appearances is not new or unusual but it is often misplaced. These images both fascinate and concern me at the same time. While idealised and the very picture of perfection, appearances can be deceiving and there is sense in Roy's images that something is amiss, even if you can't quite put your finger on it. Boredom, acceptance and a certain finality pervade and it seems odd to find such sadness so striking.   

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