Tess Baxter

Writer, Printmaker, Video Artist and Photographer

I am a writer, visual artist and academic. I combine writing, the photographic image, the video or moving image, printmaking, and publishing. I am currently studying for a PhD in Contemporary Art at Lancaster University, which further draws on my diversity of life experience.

Tess Baxter

My latest development in artistic practice is printmaking. This developed out of my previous interest in video or machinima making. 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.

I am interested in virtual worlds, in particular the creativity in them. I work under the pseudonym of Tizzy Canucci in Second Life, and this is where I started producing machinima. Video or moving image making is probably a more useful name today for those who experiment artistically. My creative influences are wide, and I draw from the last century of film, animation, poetry, music and literature.

In my academic work I look at creativity in virtual worlds. I am working on a practice based PhD, which includes my own video, images, printmaking and writing. I am particularly interested in connecting literary and visual theory with ethnography. This reflects both my current interest and my previous research and work on food writing.

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

In 2001, before my PhD, I started a business based on local food traditions and community cookbooks and on social history. This 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 is still available new from my publishing 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.

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