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Photographer Dawn Woolley Substitutes Herself with a Photographic Copy

By: Meghan Young - Published: Mar 5, 2014 • References: dawnwoolley and beautifuldecay
Sometimes a person can feel like a fraction of themselves on any given day, and that is how Dawn Woolley appears to perceive herself in her photographic series. Although each series stars Dawn Woolley herself, they aren't typical self portraits. Instead, they involve printed two dimensional copies of herself posing in a variety of ways, often entangled in another man's arms. Her perspective is very voyeuristic.

Yet Dawn Woolley doesn't focus solely on her own personal psychosis. She writes, "Referring to psychoanalysis and phenomenology I examine my own experience of becoming an object of sight and also consider the experience the viewer has when looking at me as a photographic object. By producing artwork that establishes me as an object it could be argued that I reinforce stereotypical images of the female body."