Mel Bagshaw


Dollface looks at the roles, dress and stages of women that have been discussed, celebrated, desired and fetishised by society as a whole. These are roles, where women have a strong visual identity and a potentially underlying dominance and sexual power. Taking recognisable working roles of women, many of which are often seen as service roles, weak or un-empowered, these direct confrontational images reveal the power and possibilities of these roles and transform them into powerful symbols of female supremacy. These uniforms are a powerful way of representing and defining our image, starting from our first presentation to the world, our baby clothes. These clothes begin the process of our image presentation, description of gender and sexuality to the world.

Doll Face serie is available as serie and as individual piece.
Material: Photo in epoxy
Individual piece | 50 x 75 cm | 19.7 x 29.5 inch | Edition 12
As serie | Total size: 120 x 135 cm | 47.2 x 53 inch | Edition 12

9 Lives serie I

The photographs adopt the language of fashion with their staged poses, constructed environments, attention to detail and careful choice of clothes and accessories They use the imagery of reportage photography, the constructed tableaux of early photography (including post mortem photography), Renaissance and Victorian painting with their visual clues, lighting and subtext. However as a whole, the photographs draw on a long tradition of romantic themes of suicide, tragic endings and noble deaths in art, literature, poetry, music, film and theatre.

Material: Photo in epoxy
Size: 100 x 75 cm | 39.4 x 29.5 inch
Edition: 9

9 Lives serie II

Material: Photo in epoxy
Size: 140 x 105 cm | 55 x 41.3 inch
Edition: 9

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