Susan Blunton

Yvonne Todd

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Auckland, Auckland Region, New Zealand in 2002.
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About the Work
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."
Image 875 x 710 mm
Frame 1140 x 945 mm
Colour C-type photographic print
Colour photographic head and shoulders portrait of a woman with long hair wearing a white high necked shirt and gazing into the distance, 3/4 view
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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