Melbourne based artist Tess Landells uses video, text and performance to negotiate the tensions between reality and screen culture. Through an earnest and honest embodiment of herself as ‘the fan’, her work mines historic and contemporary Hollywood archives for tropes and motifs. She looks to not just what it means to view another on the screen, but the broader effect this gazing has on culture as whole. The desire and obsession for idols is symbolic of a deeper discussion about power dynamics of possession and surrender. Tess completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the VCA in 2018.