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Eliza Bourner


The Act of Living explores the cultural malaise of postmodern living; alienation, loneliness and unease.

Illustrating the mundane, my images address a contemporary fixation of productivity, where the ‘ordinary’ is less and less desirable. If you work hard enough, you can seemingly achieve anything. Where output is valued over connection, society becomes more fragmented. Intensified by the pandemic, this isolation has become an even more prominent disconnect.

Imbued with nostalgia and a cinematic feel, I illustrate this ‘Age of Anxiety’, filled with passive entertainment and empty distractions of materialism. The silent images extracted from their narratives somehow impart the anxiety of a troubling daydream, with their subtle inclination toward the surreal. Disquieting images, with or without human figures, feel as though they emanate from fragments of the same story. Working as photographer, set designer, model, stylist, I stage these photographs alone, in the comfort of my own home.



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