Tess Baxter

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I am a writer, photographer, visual artist, video maker and editor. I am interested in drawing together all those creative strands into something that is both writing and visual, rather than working with one alone. I see the relationship of the visual and the written as akin to translation. The same things may be understood, but in different ways.

From around 2000 I wrote about local and traditional food, landscape and social history, and published a range of printed material including two books. There is currently one still in print, The Lake District and Cumbria in Recipes and Photographs.

More recently I have moved to the area where visual material, writing and music work together. I am currently in the third year of a practice based PhD in contemporary art,, and one of the main theoretical areas is relating literary theory with visual theory and media theory. My practice of video art is intertextual, incorporating my own writing, literature, audio, music and video. I work under the pseudonym of Tizzy Canucci in virtual space.

In both of these areas I am interested in people who use 'found' work, adapting and reshaping it in collaboration. My food writing was based on collections of community cookbooks, and my current writing on creative commons and public domain works. These work on the fringes of copyright, resisting the institutions of capitalism that control 'intellectual property' as something that is owned rather than made. Instead, these are areas of joint working, where individuals make a credited contribution.

Virtual worlds, Machinima, digital art, video art, printmaking. Traditional food of the north of England, Community Cookbooks