Comic Self-Portraits Examine Accepted Notions of Femininity

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London-based photographer Juno Calypso‘s photo series, Joyce I and Joyce II (spotted via The Huffington Post), are thought-provoking as much as they are cringe-inducingly funny. Part Cindy Sherman, part Amy Sedaris, Calypso’s work is a dead-pan take on the norms of female beauty with a satirical, comic take. As Joyce, Calypso creates a character (or, possibly, two characters) whose determined facial expressions and stilted body language manage to invoke a sense of inner life behind the wigs and costumes, while each portrait’s setting creates a narrative with dark undertones.

Image credit: Juno Calypso

Image credit: Juno Calypso

Image credit: Juno Calypso

Image credit: Juno Calypso

Image credit: Juno Calypso

Image credit: Juno Calypso

Image credit: Juno Calypso

Image credit: Juno Calypso

Image credit: Juno Calypso

Image credit: Juno Calypso