Dallas Seitz is a Canadian artist who lives in London. In his own words, he "unapologetically utilises the poetry of objects to combine his interest in collecting, museology, colonisation, personal history and the complexities of representation." From his 'Museum' and 'Tourist Postcard' series right through to his accidental sculpture encounters in his photographic series 'The American Story', Seitz displays a cunning twist of thought and purpose leading to riveting reinterpretations.
Work by Dallas Seitz:
Dallas Seitz chose the photographer Juno Calypso as the person who is inspiring him at the moment.
I will say I am very proud and inspired by Juno Calypso at the moment. I had the pleasure of watching grow from the first year of her BA at LCC. Juno was part of a great year at LCC and as an Artist and University lecturer you don't get so many of those in such a dynamic way. Juno's year group took on the three years hard core! Juno's work is creepy, beautiful, feminist, scary, charming and has always reminded me of so many moments from my past The Stepford Wives, Valley of the Dolls, David Lynch, my Grandmothers Doll collection and carpeted bathrooms with coloured fixtures....pink and blue foam hair curlers.
I think when an artist can do self portraiture and own it the way Juno has done is very difficult. We have Cindy Sherman and Yasa Masa Morimura and so many others but Juno is presenting a strange period of time which we can almost smell. That makes sense to me to say it that way. It has nuclear qualities and I love that she uses the personal in her sourcing of costumes, and sets. Joyce if she still calls her that is to me about going backwards and re-looking at what our mother's, aunt's and grandmothers might have experienced in suburbia or small towns and then Juno takes it one step further into 'Oh fuck Ya!' Now I am green in a pink heart shaped bath tub reminding me of Diane Ladd's character in Wild at Heart when pushed to edge of motherly, female guilt covers her whole face in lipstick and puts a hit out on Lulu's boyfriend. Juno is a smart, funny, hypnotic photographer.
Juno Calypso and her 'Joyce' series: