My life is images has been so extreme, you know, I’m being painted or photographed very much as the girl next door, very sweet and innocent and I’ve also been transformed into the complete opposite and a much more fantastical version of my dark side.
The original myth of Lady Lillith, original femme fatal, banished from Eden for refusing to obey and then reimagined by Rossetti as both his fantasy of beauty but also playing with ideas I guess of good and evil, virtue and vice. Its intriguing to me that the face of Fanny Cornworth, Rossetti’ s mistress and the original model for this work was then replaced at a collectors request by the face of Alexa Wilding which I believe her face was considered to be a more true representation of virtue.
The white flowers and the white costume symbolising purity and chastity with the flashes of blood red and the hair and the ribbon, it’s all there in clues, in flowers, in details in the hair and the costumes, which for me is also the same in the strongest photography.
One of the most interesting things for me about the pre Raphaelites is the sense of the artistic community and of different art forms and mediums kind of feeding and inspiring each other, and so as I go around I like imagining the dialogues and the stories between the artists and the muses.
I realise as well how often the pre Raphaelite reference is used at work amongst photographers and hair and make-up. You can really feel why such a powerful symbol of female beauty across time.