Twelve Reasons You’re Tired All The Time, 2013
Juno Calypso (b. 1989) is a London-based photographer who takes self-portraits, disguised as a character named Joyce, in quirky and playful settings.
Whilst studying for a degree in photography, Calypso resorted to taking photos of herself when she was unable to find a model for a photoshoot. To make the experience less awkward, Calypso began pulling funny faces to hide her embarrassment, and the character of Joyce was born.
Although the exact identity of Joyce is never revealed, she always appears to be lost in her own thoughts, either overwhelmed by a desire for perfection, or facing a stark realisation that things will not go as planned. This adds an element of dark humour to Calypso’s work, which also serves as a refreshing antidote to the seriousness of the art world.
‘I like to give as much importance to the inanimate as the animate. There’s always one main prop which underscores the whole picture. It’s independent yet dependent on the person. Joyce herself is always inanimate. She’s becoming as stale and joyless as the objects around here.’ – Juno Calypso
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