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Fragmented Bodies: Film Art by Alexander Headley

A film still of a woman dancingStill from "Tiny Dancer #2"

Our featured artist of the day, Alexander Headley, works primarily in film. Alexander’s recent works frequently feature washed out white lighting and fragmented bodies that seem reduced to objects rather than people. His recent short film Shaved explores themes of masculinity and identity by looking at the practice and meaning of shaving.




The artist has also worked as a director, costumer and production assistant on a number of film and TV spots. I rather enjoy Alexander’s gallery of what he calls Dailies – short films that he makes almost every day, capturing mundane yet notable moments in everyday life. Most of these films are only one or two minutes long. Like the film equivalent of a sketchbook, they serve as a glimpse into Alexander’s creative process and some of his favourite subjects. Watch clips of Alexander’s films on his website at


Monogamy I


A gallery of production photos on Alexander Headley's websiteAlexander's gallery of production stills

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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