Work: Peekaboo, 2017, CGI Video
'Looking into' voyeurism and surveillance this piece manipulates and navigates a three dimensional computer generated space. It draws the viewer in and creates a sense of other. There is a strong feeling of the uncanny at play, as we are seeing something drawn from reality and yet augmented and distorted in some way. The colour pallet is largely saccharine and girly which creates an imbalance between surreal creepiness and the innocent, nativity. Sugarcoating this sinister issue is reflected in the title of the work.
Tess’ practice explores space and the way we interact with it and splash around in it. Human emotion and interaction plays a sustained role in her work, from inspiration to public engagement. There is a strong identity of colour, not limited to but habitually, the colour pink. Pink is the only colour which is simply another colour with the addition of white, therefore intriguing.
She is drawn to: saccharine pastels, warm soft fluffiness, sparkles and scintillating luminosity. Performance, painting, drawing, sound, textiles, virtual reality, film, installation, projection, poetry, photography, ceramics, food and printmaking are all languages which make up her practice. Her work could be described as conceptual, post-internet, maximalist, kitsch.
She has an obsession with documentation and preservation of visual information. This is usually backstage yet sometimes creeps into her work as the boundary between her personal life and her art is blurred to non-existence. The aim of her work is to embrace the viewer and envelop them in her world.
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