Born in 1973, Yvonne Todd lives and works in Auckland. She trained and worked in commercial photography before graduating from the Elam School of Fine Arts in 2001. She was also the winner of the Walters Art Prize, judged by Harald Szeemann, in 2002. Todd uses the same techniques used in commercial photographic studio portraits and product shoots to create her works. However, instead of using these processes to create a sense of perfection, Todd creates images that are disquieting, a little bit off and not quite right. Images of female characters are altered to create unsettling portraits filled with gawky 80s nostalgia, empty gazes and poses, big hair and teeth and a shiny gloss that covers everything. Manipulating and changing the familiar through costume, aspects of performance and cliché, Todd explores conventions of beauty and parodies portraiture as a form of product placement.