Perhaps some of us might find young British photographer Juno Calypso’s work relatable!
Oh, to be a female – sometimes the expectations that come with being one can get so overbearing and suffocating! This brilliant series of photographs by London-based Juno perfectly encapsulates that kind of feeling. Apparently, the creation of the character Joyce came just shortly after Juno started dabbling in self-portraiture. It’s interesting to note that Joyce, at least when she looks at the camera full on, only has one facial expression despite being placed against varying backdrops.
Juno wrote about her work, Joyce I and Joyce II:
Within elaborately staged large format photographs and videos I draw upon personal experience to perform critical studies into modern rituals of beauty and seduction. We find Joyce alone, consumed by artifice – trapped inside pastel-coloured encounters with beauty masks, cream cakes, and polyester negligee; her glazed appearance acting as a mirror to the exhaustion felt whilst bearing the dead weight of constructed femininity.