I am a photo-based artist whose work discusses themes of identity specifically as it applies to populations in post-colonial societies. The title of the series “Backra Bluid” draws from both words of West Indian and Scottish origins. The term “Backra” is an archaic Caribbean slang of West African origin meaning white master or white person and “Bluid” is the Scotch word for the blood of men and animals as well as kin. In many parts of my family on both sides you will find many men from Scotland, England and Ireland. By simply changing my skin color and making subtle tweaks to my features I wish to show that if someone were to take a closer look at my face they would see that it might not be that much different from their own.
Stacey Tyrell was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She attended the Ontario College of Art and Design where she majored in Photography. In 2003 she was chosen as one of the top emerging Canadian photographers by Gallery 44 in Toronto. Her work has appeared in such shows as “Photography NOW 2009” at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY and “Position As Desired: Contemporary African Canadian Photography” at the Royal Ontario Museum. Her images are part of Heritage Canada’s permanent collection and have appeared in such publications as Canadian Art Magazine, Prefix Photo and Applied Arts Magazine.