Yvonne Todd, Sand Forms, 2014, C-type print, 34 × 40".

Yvonne Todd, Sand Forms, 2014, C-type print, 34 × 40".

Yvonne Todd

Fine Arts, Sydney

Yvonne Todd hit the New Zealand art scene in the early 2000s, and from the start she has been celebrated for bringing a touch of perversity to the traditional photographic genres of portraiture, still life, and landscape. Using a large-format camera, she deploys the slick artifice of studio portraiture and product photography to create images at once glamorous and sinister, generic and oddball.

Todd’s recent exhibition, “‘Choux’: Still Lifes, 2006–2018,” presented eight still lifes. Such works have not garnered quite as much attention as the artist’s glamour portraits of young women. The latter deserve mention here because Todd imbues inanimate objects with more personality than she does her human subjects. A sly dig at beauty culture, the portraits depict women costumed in flowing wigs, heavy makeup, and elaborate, outdated fashions. Take Frenzy, 2006: A young model reclines in a dreary

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