ESSAY BY ANDREW PAUL WOOD, JULY 2020
PHOTO FORUM FEATURE PROFILE & ESSAY
Some of the images have a gritty, candid subcultural documentary vibe to them like the early photographs of Murray Cammick, Nan Goldin and Ann Shelton, or even earlier, Fiona Clark. In others Barnett takes on almost Cindy-Sherman-esque personae. An image of Barnett superimposed, appearing as two figures, in a swimming pool deconstructs the body through ripples and distortions in a manner similar to Jane Zusters' 'Pink Nude in the Pool' (1980) and another of Barnett on a gurney in a hospital emergency room carries with it a vague echo of Peter Hujar's 'Candy Darling on her Deathbed' (1974) ...
These images are the awareness of being seen but flipped over as the viewer is the viewed. Every image records a different quantum state of Barnett, her Schrödinger wave function collapsed into a spin state by her own gazeAndrew Paul Wood
Article by Rose Hoare, JULY 2010
SUNDAY MAGAZINE COVER FEATURE, 'GIRL ON FILM'
If a picture is worth a thousand words, Kezia Barnett has a short story for every day of her life since February 1997. She tells Rose Hoare there are few pieces of her life's jigsaw puzzle that have escaped documentation ...Rose Hoare