My photographic language is strongly influenced by my previous experience in dance and theatre as well as my love of cinema. I create carefully staged images that evoke issues of femininity, intimacy, longing and desire where the characters appear trapped in their own psychological labyrinth, suspended in thought.

Through my work I’m interested in examining preconceived notions of womanhood, their influence on our social identities and how we see and present ourselves in a society of ‘keeping up appearances’.

I use mainly self-portraiture to bring to life the characters in my narratives. Filled with existential dramas the characters I create bear a false facade and are dissonant to their perfectly arranged settings. Their beauty and perfection is an artifice created to encourage the viewer to empathise and connect with them.

© Patricia Pettitt 2020