Country Girls was produced 1996 - 2001. Images printed in an edition of 6 + 2 AP as matt light jet or supergloss archival prints on request
Anna Fox's Country Girls reverberate with a charge that recalls Duchamp's last major work Etant Donnés: a tableau visible only through peep holes picturing a nude woman in the grass. Also reminiscent of Surrealist photographer Hans Bellmers' Doll series, the works hover between the reality of desire and the distant imaginary of the hyper real colours and plastic falsities of the subject.
The images are voyeuristic, and partially inaccessible. Duchamp's nude was literally unattainable, hidden behind two peep holes, and Bellmer's were both plastic and distorted. Though much bolder in colour and in the face of the viewer, their blatant reconstruction diverts our desire.
They also bring to mind the famous cinematic mishaps of The Wizard of Oz, inspiring a more contemporary referral to life in a dream-like environment.
In collaboration with Alison Goldfrapp, Fox's staged colour photographs are based on both personal stories (experiences of growing up as young women in rural southern England) and the story of Sweet Fanny Adams, violently murdered in Alton in the early 1900's. Also in the same series are a number of short video pieces.