The Rehearsal (dedicated to Augustine)

From Victorian novels of the virtuous to mainstream Hollywood movies, popular culture always offers a comforting blueprint of how to present oneself. The Rehearsal (dedicated to Augustine) explores this influence, using the symbolic red dress to depict staged aspects of femininity.

The long exposures and movement in the photographs highlights a lack of fixity in the self-portraits which form the work. Here images flit between multiple characters drawn from a wide spectrum of fictional experiences in search of the ideal performance.

Photographs consciously reference those made in the Salpêtrière Asylum at the end of the 19th century, where observations of women who had experienced trauma became central to constructing a visual language of hysteria.