Influenced by an old photograph of a pink bathroom suite, London-based photographer and LCC graduate, Juno Calypso, spent her student loan on a one woman honeymoon. Armed with a suitcase of wedding lingerie, wigs and a selection of 1980s beauty devices, she boarded a flight to Pennsylvania and checked into the Penn Hills Honeymoon Resort. Her photographs perfectly capture the hotels sickly-sweet atmosphere combining it with an air of desperation – as a romantic retreat, a place for illicit encounters and a last port of call for hopeless lovers.
Described as ‘solitary studies into the modern rituals of seduction and the laboured construction of femininity’, Juno’s meticulously staged self-portraits feature her fictional alter-ego, Joyce. Deadpan and indifferent, sinister and charismatic, Joyce personifies a frustration with society’s unrealistic feminine ideals, where the luxuries of the 80s become unsettling and oppressive rather than desired.
Despite being all pastels and plastic, her work is somewhat dystopic, her photographs eerily pre-empting the demise of the hotel (which has been abandoned since the year of her visit).
As a recent Series Award winner in the BJP International Awards, it’s been a busy year for Juno and we can certainly see why!
Her work will be shown from 24th February to the 12th March at London’s TJ Boulting Gallery.