Yvonne Todd

Auckland, New Zeland, b. 1973

Yvonne Todd

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.

Essays

Auction Results

Mauve Structure

2010

C-type print, edition of 3 + 1 ap

560mm x 452 mm

Achieved $4,024

Werta

2009

C-type print, edition of 3 + 1 artist's proof

1060mm x 830mm

Achieved $13,340

Mrs. Van Valkenburg's Doll

1998

gelatin silver print

150mm x 120mm

Achieved $1,201.81

Rashulon

2007

Printend in 2010 <br/> C-type print, edition of 3

667mm x 557mm

Estimate $4,500 - $6,500

Homage to Dr Spackman

2004

C-type print, edition 1/3

440mm x 305mm

Achieved $3,517.50

untitled

1998

gelatin silver print

140mm x 105mm

Achieved $1,021.06

untitled

c. 1995

chromogenic print

244mm x 192mm

Achieved $840.88

untitled

c. 1995

gelatin silver print

72mm x 94mm

Achieved $330.35

untitled

c. 1995

chromogenic print

72mm x 112mm

Achieved $342

Michelle St. Clair

2001

C-type print from 4" x 5" transparency, artist proof

165mm x 120mm

Achieved $720.75

Sheri-Ann Roller Slut

c. 1995

gelatin silver print

125mm x 100mm

Achieved $840.88

untitled

c. 1995

gelatin silver print

125mm x 100mm

Achieved $456

untitled

c. 1995

gelatin silver print

240mm x 185mm

Achieved $627

untitled

c. 1995

gelatin silver print

240mm x 185mm

Achieved $930.97

untitled

c. 1995

gelatin silver print

240mm x 185mm

Achieved $510.54

untitled

c. 1995

gelatin silver print

235mm x 175mm

Achieved $570

'motel' Cheri Champagne, Sweet Carolina & Princess the maid

1995

gelatin silver print

162mm x 228mm

Achieved $570

untitled

c. 1995

gelatin silver print

110mm x 140mm

Achieved $600.63

untitled

c. 1995

gelatin silver print

110mm x 124mm

Achieved $540.56

Ramona

c. 1995

A4 spiral-bound sketchbook (36 pp.), 15 silver gelatin prints, 15 printed labels

297mm x 210mm

Achieved $2,522.63