The scenarios depicted in my imagery give visibility to the experience of desire and identity as performed through the female characters. The staging of theatrical, intimate, and erotic events makes it possible for me to present aspects of the female subject's psychological states that would otherwise remain hidden. This process of externalization allows the viewer to witness the subject actively engaging with her own internal struggles. By taking on an alter ego, I am able to become a participant in and spectator of this reenactment. Through photography and video installation, I am interested in promoting a discourse on the dynamics of desire, fetishism, and power from a feminist perspective.
Born and raised in Kansas, Cortney Andrews received her BFA in Photography & New Media from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2005 and her MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007. She has exhibited in New York, Providence, Kansas City, and throughout the United States. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.