About Tess

Tess Baxter

Tess Baxter

I’m fascinated by the visual image, film and virtual worlds. Food is important. And politics, sociology and social history too. I’m lost without a computer.

My current main area of interest is making machinima (videos) in virtual worlds, working under the pseudonym of Tizzy Canucci in Second Life. I am interested in expanding the possibilities of the medium by exploring a significant technical problem or a social issue in each work. Technically, machinima are video recordings of a game. But virtual worlds are made of elements from the actual (or real) world and I am interested in using both what is imported and what is exported to comment on actual world issues. My past – three dimensional modelmaking, social and political concern, editing the graphical and verbal form – all come through in my machinima, as does my long fascination with animation. But my influences are wide and draw from the last century of film, poetry, music and literature.

I am currently studying for a PhD in Contemporary Art at Lancaster University in this area. My Research Profile is available on the University website.

The latest development of my practice is through printmaking. There are similarities between my video making and printmaking – of layering of colour, of collage and montage. But also differences between digital and print artefacting, between light and pigment. This is the basis of the exploration.


Before this, in 2001, I set up Dane Stone Publishing to publish my work around community cookbooks and local food traditions and history. This was initially a series of postcards featuring local and traditional recipes that covered the north of England. I wrote two books that built on that work: Yorkshire: In Recipes and Photographs (2011, now out of print) and The Lake District and Cumbria in Recipes and Photographs (2012 & 2015).


You can read more about what I do by following the links in the menu above.

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