Photography by Umberto C. and Daniele Nolè

Liberty Antonia works with mediums of drawing, text and moving image to explore issues of 21st century body politics, with a focus on the experience of living in a large ‘femme’ body in a ‘photo-shopped’ world; the new visual rhetoric of perfection through digital manipulation. Working within a socio-political context, her work uses character and playfulness to discuss themes of food, queerness, ‘femininity’, vulnerability and sexuality; her research is explores the power of subjectivity and radical softness through art practice.

Liberty Antonia’s work aims to open discussion about femmeness, imperfection and inequality; with characters’ bordering between a ‘parody of’ and ‘pride in’ being a woman, exploring female stereotypes and Gender Performativity, embracing her own gender exploration. The use of humour as a technique of critique is the basis of Liberty Antonia’s practice, aiming to use it as a device to answer the unspoken dogma of one’s body being one’s collateral and to challenge the male gaze. In homage to the traditions of political satire, often included within her pen & digital colour drawings and performance video pieces, are slogans & text, to combine word & image in the creation of ‘Fine Art comedy’.

Within her moving image practice, Liberty Antonia creates a world of character through an immersive combination of herself as performer of her own words and purgatorial studio & sound environments. Her practice includes both directing and first person performance, with works exploring, at times, controversial issues such as eating disorders, fatphobia, fetish & body dysmorphia. Her multidisciplinary practice also takes form in published works, focusing on the intimacy of the ‘artist talking to audience’ through the one-on-one printed experience. During the development of her film works, Liberty Antonia creates sketchbooks that act as project bibles, full of research, drawings, experiments and questions as part of ongoing practice analysis and discovery. Each film begins as a poem, created through practices of automatic writing, cultural references & parody which then goes through ‘cut & paste’ editing curation. These poems are transformed into a script by examining the different voices within the text; such as societal frameworks and the use of archetypes, combined with first person subjective undertones to create characters that act as contemporary fables and become the commedia dell'arte of the Art Film present.

Liberty Antonia Sadler is an artist & filmmaker based in London, she studied B.A.(Hons) Performance Design & Practice, Central Saint Martins & M.A. Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art. Liberty Antonia continues her academic research and works as a visiting practitioner and tutor on Performance Design & Practice Pathway at Central Saint Martins. Her work has been featured at Whitechapel Gallery, London, ICA, London, BFI Southbank, London, HOME, Manchester, CCA, Glasgow, OXO Gallery, London and in Nylon, Polyester, Metro, Grazia & Sukeban Magazines.

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