I am Denelle Louise Kennedy Ellis and I make selfish, self serving art



My partner Tom and I had our first wedding anniversary,
and to celebrate we decided to make an exhibition
 of the work we had created together this year.
We transformed our studio into a gallery this weekend and
below are some photographs of the installation.

This has been the most therapeutic and romantic idea we've shared:
 exhibit to each other the progress we've made this year, in the space we
created together since our union.
We want to thank everyone who came out to support us,
 not just this weekend
 but through a very "interesting" first year of marriage.

Self-Timed Portrait, 2017.

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Change your hair Change your life

Self-Timed Portrait, 2017

Change your hair, change your life. That's what I always say. A lot has changed in the past year. I've even got a new name! Along with marrying an amazing man, we've started our own business. We are both photographers and both passionate about the same things. We turned our Victorian warehouse home into a daylight photo studio. It's called Peanut Factory Studio and it is literally a dream come true. 

Self-Timed Portrait, 2017

Self-Timed Portrait Denelle & Tom Ellis, 2017

In November 2016 I went for an exploratory surgery, they found endometriosis. I have not been well for sometime, but after the surgery it was a whole new ball game. Tom and I have made some pictures during my "recovery" and I am currently working on a number of collaborations with publications I am quite excited about. I've become determined to inform more women on the signs of endometriosis and to fight for adequate healthcare for women. 

Self-Timed Portrait, 2017
Luckily I have had some amazing support during this journey. Tom continues to be the yin to my yang. We both feel it's important to work through our hurdles using ourselves in performative imagery. This past year has had a lot of ups and downs but we are closer than ever and stronger because of it. I am really excited for what's next. 
Self-Timed Portrait by Denelle & Tom Ellis 2017



Pics or it didn't happen, 2017

I have some images in Arvida Byström and Molly Soda's amazing new book
about instagram censorship called Pics Or It Didn't Happen.
I cannot believe my name is in a book that Chris Kraus wrote the foreward to
 and I am so proud to have my images along side some fabulous talent.
This issue of body censorship by a faceless corporation is revealed for its
lunacy in this tangible and poignant hardcover book.
Go out and buy it!



All Images Are Self Portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2016



Still from GlitchGirls, 2016

I made a few videos and they are being shown
at the Greenbelt Gallery
in Toronto on April 20th
as part of Luminous Flux IV

Still From GlitchGirls, 2016
Still from GlitchGirls, 2016

If you are in Toronto go check it out and
  e-mail me a selfie

Still from SuperLike, 2016

Still from SuperLike, 2016

And in the likely hood
 you can't make it to the show 
check out the video
 by clicking the image below

Still from GlitchGirls, 2016

All Images are Self Portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2016



Been Working On New Stuff, I Promise.
Self Portrait by Denelle Kennedy, 2016


The Face Of January

Still From Video Just Do it Your Selfie, 2015

I have a new video showing this week at the Camden Image Gallery in London.
'The Face of January' is a Portrait and Figurative Exhibition to raise money for Solace Women's Aid

"The intention in my fictionalized video self portraits is to create multiple personas of popular culture clichés. The staged presentation of the characters is to develop a slippage between the virtual and the real. These theatrical video self portraits employ an almost instagram aesthetic that use the vocabulary of the photographic still through a time based structure to further heighten the fictionalization of the female protagonist in play. Although these images are all of me, I do not view them as photographs of myself rather they act as embodiments of my thoughts on natures, technology, performance, identities and façades."

This exhibition will run from 7th - 13th January 2015

All Images Are Self Portraits Created by Denelle Kennedy


Egg On Your Face

Self Portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2015



All images are self portraits by Denelle Kennedy wearing Caps by No Type

Rose Bush

Self Portrait at 64 Beethoven Street London, 2015



Check out my editorial for Superhero Mag
Here is an extended version of my words and images titled Beauty Masks

Denelle Kennedy is a 26-year-old Canadian based in London, UK.
 I have recently read the novel Green Girl by Kate Zambreno and really connected with the protagonist Ruth. It is a novel about a culture where "women wear their faces as masks, and their bodies as shields."
 Her performance of her femininity seems to stand in place of her identity: 
"Sometimes she is struck by the sense that she is someone else's character, that she is saying someone else's lines."
I wanted to take this idea of "face as mask" and further explore one of my latest photo series titled Beauty Masks. This title strikes me as somewhat of an oxymoron because we do not look beautiful in the mask, the beauty is promised only after the mask is removed.  Our faces are one of the ways we are identified by others, yet many of us don't identify with our own natural, naked face.
We promote a very different version of that face online with every display picture and user profile, or out in the world with makeup and extensions. We begin to fool ourselves, associating the way we wear eyeliner with our own face and identity. This image is where we feel we look our best: idealised hair, teeth, clothes, and skin. Women undertake vast, sometimes costly and invasive, measures to obtain their ideal self.
Here's the psychology behind Beauty Masks: with cucumbers over your eyes, you paint yourself beyond recognition, clay smeared into every crevice; you imagine another girl, the more beautiful one. Then you peel and scrub it all away hoping to reveal the face that resembles the better (different and more beautiful) one that you daydream for.

All Photographs are Self Portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2015

Special Thanks to Hannah Grunden and Elle Kurancid

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