Q&A with… Corinne Perry
F&A: Who are you and what is your day job?
CP: I am a self-portrait Photographer, who uses Photography as therapy. I view my self-depictions as being reflections of my natural melancholic temperament.
F&A: How did you end up in that profession?
CP: I started creating self-portraits as therapy, whilst studying photography at Birmingham City University. Since graduating with a first class honours degree in 2012, I have continued to develop and build upon my career.
F&A: How do you lead a creative life?
CP: I feel my life is defined by creativity, because of the way it is dominated by the creation of photographic self-portraits.
F&A: What does creativity mean to you?
CP: Creativity is catharsis, a method of expressing and exploring my emotional state.
F&A: If you could try any other job what would it be?
CP: I couldn’t imagine doing anything else, but have always liked the idea of being an actress. In particular the idea of masquerade, and being able to play multiple selves or someone else.
F&A: Who inspires you the most?
CP: I am really inspired by the Victorian author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Much of my self-portraiture is deeply inspired by her gothic novella ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’
F&A: Describe your perfect day off.
CP: I would probably visit some exhibitions and take a trip to the countryside.
F&A: Do you have a favourite piece of art?
CP: I can’t decide on a particular favourite piece, but I admire the work of Francesca Woodman.
F&A: Can you recommend a good book?
CP: ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
F&A: What is your go to comfort food?
CP: I quite like a good curry.
F&A: What are your hopes for the future?
CP: I hope through the continued use of self-portraiture to transform my emotional state into that of a much more positive nature.
Images from the series 'Wallflower' by Corinne Perry.