THE JIST

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


1.08.2016

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

12.11.2015

Egg On Your Face




Self Portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2015

11.28.2015

No-Type







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

Rose Bush


Self Portrait at 64 Beethoven Street London, 2015

10.06.2015

BEAUTY MASKS

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


Go Check out Superhero Mag HERE

9.09.2015

KLING





All Photographs are self portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2015
All clothing by KLING

9.03.2015

RELAX



Self Portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2015
in Ahida Agirre's Relax Cap


Photographs of Che Richards & Denelle Kennedy 2015
in Ahida Agirre's see through nighty

Hiding Hair










All Photographs are Self Portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2014/15
Wearing a hat by Set Store and some dresses and tops by Ahida Agirre

8.10.2015

Independence Day





Some photographs I made with MUA Sally Miura
 for TheIsisNicoleMagazine's
 Independence Day issue
 are available here



All photographs are self portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2015