Vanessa Howells’ practice is based in performance, self-portraiture and assemblage. As the object and the subject, Howells performs in front of the camera. Becoming a surface, an icon, a sculptural form, morphed and augmented. Howells body forms a testing ground, to reconstruct a personal and performative history that contradicts constructed and historical stereotypes.
In the series ‘Largely an Illusion’ Howells uses photographic studio props to construct the images, a Chromakey backdrop conceals, reveals and transforms Howells body into a non-binary figure, a structure, an object of enquiry: that relinks and unlinks images, to form a platform to problem solve different visual methods and applications of the self-portrait.