Mini-You was a response to the beginnings of Selfie Culture. I’m part of the generation that first used Facebook, when we were 16/17. In the decade that followed, there was such an explosion of putting images of ourselves into the world - often without consideration for who might be looking at them or where they might end up on the world wide web - I found this really interesting and wanted to make a piece responding to it.
In 2014 I received an Artist International Development Award (ACE & British Council) to go to New York. I knew I wanted to do something around the idea of a cultural exchange, something outside a traditional arts space, and was inspired by the selfie culture explosion.
I asked 8 volunteers from the UK to supply me with a photo of themselves, which I crafted into Mini-You dolls.
These Mini-You dolls were distributed by me, to strangers in New York complete with a letter and instruction book - instructing them to make a new set of 'selfies' - ones that were not controlled or overseen by their owner.