I use the act of photography as a tool to investigate shifting and multiple perspectives of home and place. Guided by inquiry into personal and social histories, cultural perspectives, and place-making industries, my photographic art practice reflects on how these intersect to create constructions of place and inform our experiences of home and non-home.
My art practice focuses on disrupting thresholds and dissolving constructed distinctions between home and non-home, real and unreal. To create my work I use and combine physical and in-camera interventions, and darkroom and digital photographic processes. An expanded reality is created that seeks to unsettle and provoke a sense of curiosity into how we locate ourselves within home and place.
Rachael Ireland holds a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) from the University of Newcastle, where as a student she was awarded the Jennie Thomas Travelling Art Scholarship. Since graduating in 2011 she has exhibited regularly, participated in local and international artist residencies, and has work held in private and public collections. She has been a finalist in the Muswellbrook Photographic Award; created an interactive photographic installation for the Art Factory Project Space at Maitland Regional Art Gallery; and exhibited as part of the Head On Photo Festival.
In 2013 Rachael moved to Sydney, where she currently lives and works. Recent projects have included participating in the Hill End Artist-In Residence Program; her solo exhibition Shadow Houses at Maitland Regional Art Gallery; solo, group and collaborative exhibitions at artist run spaces in Sydney; and participating in Darkroom Social at the Australian Centre for Photography.
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