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


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



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


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




I was interviewed by Shane Michael Singh for an article about selfies in Playboy this May
You can read it online here 
Or if you live in North America go buy it
and read it for the articles!
I went to go visit the Playboy Headquarters in Beverly Hills this month
and Shane was nice enough to show us around
 and send me things with the bunny on it of course
(don't worry, it's henna)

All Photographs are Self Portraits by Denelle Kennedy 2015