Theatriczing Reality is a fabricated narrative tableau series depicting my views on reality television, something that has been very present in my life for as long as I can remember. Through my images I am addressing the subjects of self portraiture and performance art, all while creating various characters through the use of story telling. This performance development is something that comes natural to me as I have always had a strong passion for theatre, and from a very young age have loved to transform myself into various characters.
I have developed my idea based off multiple roles of an alternate self. I transformed myself into both male and female, young and old characters with the use of makeup artistry, wigs and costume. I shot on location at various places based on that best suited to the individual character. The characters I have created have all stemmed from the idea of reality television and the characters generated by them. I was intrigued by “theatracizing” various forms of “reality” that I don’t believe is all that real. Although reality television claims to be true to what it projects, there is some theatrical elements involved which is where I drew inspiration. I was interested in the thought of how real is reality television if I can so easily look and act the part, its as if there isn’t that big of a divide between fiction and Non-fiction. I drew characters from shows that are relatable and known to past, present and future generations. I searched to find the line between mocking and being inspired by these shows, all while depicting them in a way that would make it obvious to the viewer without any pre known characteristics of the shows in my images such as a title.
Production wise, I felt a sense of accomplishment, as I have never produced such a demanding set of images. I worked with makeup artists and hair artists, but found myself styling, directing, photographing, location scouting, digital manipulating and developing every other element needed, while acting at the same time.