Tyler Payne (AU)
Image: Tyler Payne, KIMSPO (moving collage installation), 2019.
Tyler Payne’s work focuses on the genre of self-portraiture in photography and video to investigate the relationship of women’s embodiment to the lens used in gendered advertising. Her practice concentrates on a study of the recent popularization of a range of female cosmetic rituals. Payne analyses, re-enacts and documents how these rituals of bodily transformation have reconfigured the social construction of female gender. Using a combination of video, still photography and electro-bricolage, she highlights the oppressive nature of the platform and the damages inherent in popular feeds like #fitspiration and #thinspiration to re-assemble a critique that explores the un-realistic level of correction needed to present an acceptable portrait of oneself. Tyler is a current Ph.D. candidate at RMIT.