Emerey Weschlette

Yvonne Todd, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Auckland Region, New Zealand in 2002.
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About the Work
“I love Yvonne Todd’s work. I am interested in how her representation of the female subject interrogates the male gaze. Everything about this character is not quite right. She looks like someone who might haunt op shops, retro diners or funeral homes.”

– Airini Beautrais, teacher and writer, for the Dec 2020 instalment of the My Choice exhibition series.

From the series "Sea of Tranquility" featuring quintessential Todd models posed alone and staring glumly into their own make believe reality. These 'girls' are posed in non descript backgrounds with glazed-eye-stares , polished-but-dowdy clothing and heavy make up, all which contributes to their fake plastic, doll-like qualities. In a conversation with Robert Leonard it is revealed that these models are styled in the fashion of the daughters of Mormon pastors, and that Todd has a self confessed "Christian Envy". She says of this series and other works with a Christian reference " I have Christian Envy. I want to belong. I want to be special. And I like the trappings of zealotry. The more fervent end of the scale, of course. People like Gramma Cherbear, whose fanatical religious instruction for children is accompanied by poorly-executed line drawings of animals that look really scabby and squalid and fucked-up. I'm intrigued by her disinterest in aesthetic finesse, along with the plainness of those girls modelling their mother's dowdy home-made garments. I want to recreate some of that." http://www.ima.org.au/pages/.exhibits/blood-in-its-various-forms...68.php
Image 1020 x 820mm
Frame 1280 x 1040mm
Colour C-type photographic print
Colour photographic portrait showing the head and shoulders of a young woman with long ash-blonde hair with a fringe. She is wearing a white shirt buttoned at the neck with a lace edged collar. She is gazing vacantly off into the distance. The background is black.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua. Donated to the Sarjeant Gallery by The Thanksgiving Foundation, 2008.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
18 Jun 2008



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