Sharon Boothroyd is a photographic artist and lecturer based in London. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the Royal College of Art where her research topic is:

Boundaries and Slippages of the Self: Photography and autobiographical fiction in the performance of female fantasy and delusion.

Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, with photography as its central component, Sharon's work employs autobiographical fiction and quiet performance to construct representations of fixed fantasies, delusions and white psychosis in everyday life. Drawing from psychoanalysis and psychiatric case studies she is developing a fictional character who is undergoing an episode of 'erotomania'. Built up through fragments of environmental and psychological landscapes as well as staged photography the character, Madame Beauvais, reflects the ambiguity that often accompanies notions of the real. Photography, with it's inherent indexical relationship to the physical world, is well placed as a medium to manipulate what any of us understand 'reality' to be. This research project aims to reduce stigma and raise public awareness of psychosis by collapsing a self vs other rhetoric.

Sharon is currently Photography Lecturer at Ithaca College, London Centre and Visiting Lecturer at Roehampton University and on the MA across-school group at the Royal College of Art where she teaches Photography; Truth and Fiction and Language: Transparency and Concealment respectively.

Her work has been exhibited worldwide including Encontros das Imagem, Braga; Goa Photo Festival; The Centre of Photography, Clement-Ferrond and P3 Ambika Gallery, London and has been the recipient of awards such as Flash Forward Magenta Awards, Canada and The International Photography Awards, New York. Her work is held in international private and public collections such as V&A Library, Yale Centre for British Art and PhotoIreland Foundation.