Bex Ilsley (b. 1988) is a transdisciplinary artist. Her artistic work spans video, photography, performance, VR, installation and sculpture.
She employs fantasy, performativity, objecthood and paradox as a lens through which to examine the authenticity of the self we advertise to the wider world. These explorations often lead to short, looping videos which twist in and out of the real and the virtual, exploring the spaces between the ‘self’ and the ‘other’, the artificial and the authentic, only to end up where they began.
Bex investigates online trends and oddities and parody them as a form of critique leading to sculptures which incorporate elements of leisure and commerce, screens and mirrors, amorphous forms, manufactured body parts – fragmented, perfected, malleable, thing-like. This is intended to reflect both the ways we live and present ourselves online, and the internal relationships we have with our own bodies and feelings.