England, Odette

Odette England, Murray Bridge, South Australia

Odette England (1975, South Australia) has participated in solo and group exhibitions across Europe, the USA, and Australia. She is a two-time UK winner of the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Photographers competition and has achieved wins and honorary mentions in the Px3 De La Photographie Paris competition; the London International Creative competition; and the International Photography Awards. Most recently, she is the recipient of the Hotshoe Photofusion Award (2011) and the CENTER $5000 Project Launch Award (2012), juried by Virginia Heckert, Associate Curator, J. Paul Getty Museum.  An exhibition of her award winning series Thrice Upon A Time was shown at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM. England graduated with Honors from the Rhode Island School of Design (MFA Photography) in 2012.  She is represented in the US (east coast) by Klompching Gallery and her work is held in the collection of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film. Odette England graduated from RISD in 2012 with an MFA in Photography, and is now living and working in South Australia. Odette England was recently appointed Lecturer in Digital Imaging at the University of South Australia.

Self Diagnosis

England is particularly interested in the complexities of recording 'invisible stuff' and in withholding, concealing, even obliterating details in her work. Through this penchant for obscurity, she aims to stimulate appreciation of those things which she considers among the most precious in life: longing, reminiscence, transience, impermanence and uncertainty.  
Her latest series Self Diagnosis is a part-photographic, part-psychological study of how England sees herself versus how others see her. She uses her camera as a tool for self-analysis.She exposes personal family snapshots on the back of each of the ten official inkblots from the Rorschach inkblot test, to create a possibility space for evaluating who she is based on carefully selected childhood events. In doing so she scrutinizes the transitions and experiences that contribute to her identity.
England is represented in the US (east coast) by KLOMPCHING GALLERY and is based in Providence, Rhode Island, where she works and studies at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).


George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film