Tess Baxter

Printmaker, Video Artist, Writer and Photographer

I am a visual artist, writer and academic. I combine writing, the photographic image, video and artist moving image, printmaking, and publishing. I am currently studying for a PhD in Contemporary Art at Lancaster University*.

My latest development in artistic practice is printmaking. This developed out of my previous interest in video or machinima making in Second Life. It has commonalities, for example in the layering of colour, of collage and montage. But it also has differences: the digital is based on light and screens, whereas printmaking works with ink, pigment and paper. This choice reflects how I see the visual arts as connected and interacting, and the division between the digital and the ‘analogue’ as unproductive and untruthful. It is true that they are different modes of expression but they are not opposed or completely separate.

I am interested in virtual worlds, and in particular the creativity of people that use them. I work under the pseudonym of Tizzy Canucci in Second Life, and this is where I started producing video art or artist moving image. Within games world, video is known as ‘machinima’ but that term no longer truly covers those who experiment artistically. My creative influences are wide, and I draw into my work material from the last century of film, animation, poetry, music and literature.

Academically, I am undertaking a practice based PhD in Contemporary Art, which includes my own video, images, printmaking and writing. I am particularly interested in connecting literary and visual theory with ethnography. This reflects my current interest and draws on my previous research and work on food writing.

There is more detail in my Research Profile at Lancaster University*.

In 2001, I set up a business on local food traditions, based on community cookbooks and social history. It started with a range of postcards featuring local and traditional recipes covering the north of England. I then wrote two more detailed books: The Lake District and Cumbria in Recipes and Photographs and Yorkshire: In Recipes and Photographs. The Lake District edition is still available new from my business, Dane Stone Publishing, both for individual sale and wholesale to businesses.

More information on my writing can be found on my Author Profile at the Society of Authors.