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Toy Person a collection of exploratory works - documents my working practice over a one-year period from April 2010 to April 2011. Some of the works I consider to be resolved, whilst others are more exploratory in nature. The work spans photography and photographic painterly collage. I am interested in the prevailing 'idealised' aesthetic that has become a recognisable image in current popular culture. Many in their struggle for perfection now keenly pursue the flawless, smooth and shiny surface of the doll. Such aspirations amounting to an over stylised representation of the self, appearing more homogenate than authentic. Other works concern themselves with the hyper sexualised female whom almost seeks to emulate the doll - her raunchiness celebrated and encouraged. Some works reflect on the enduring women of the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, Canada. Their trade forcing them to reveal their skin against the back drop of a brutal, demonised and relentless cityscape.


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Anna Naylor

I'm currently studying Fine Art at a London University. My work is informed by eight years of travelling that most memorably - led me to working in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. A demonised community entrenched with substance misuse, prostitution and poverty that gave me the richest of educations. Memories of this community often revisit me in my artwork - to which I'm grateful.

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