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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. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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