Exhibition for the Arnolfini Bristol: Jo Spence. From Fairytales to Phototherapy. Photographs from the Hyman Collection.
Photo therapy: Work on Emotional Eating
40 x 30 cms (15.72 x 11.79 ins)
Jo Spence Memorial Archive
Richard Saltoun Gallery, London
Ribalta, George and Terry Dennett. Beyond the Perfect Image. Photography, Subjectivity,
Antagonism. Exhibition catalogue. Barcelona: MACBA, 2005, illus. p328 (three matching)
Jo Spence, Putting myself in the picture: A political, personal, and photographic autobiography, 1986, p.182 (variant set of four)
1984 or 1985
Collaboration with Rosy Martin.
Four colour photographs mounted by the artist onto black cardboard.
Each photograph: 18.1 x 12.6 cms
Total dimensions: 40 x 30 cms
Spence has explained this photo therapy session as "Working on the emotional roots of patterns of eating, with myself as both subject and director of photography." Jo Spence, Putting myself in the picture: A political, personal, and photographic autobiography, 1986, p.182.
Rosy Martin writes that in this work Spence is "performing the excesses of emotional eating" and proposes as alternative titles "Sugar, Sugar" or "Emotional Feeding ... Sugar, Sugar refers to a popular song."
We are grateful to Rosy Martin for her assistance in cataloguing this work.