Mairead Dunne is an artist and illustrator from Ireland, who lives and works in Falmouth, Cornwall. She graduated with an MA in Authorial Illustration from Falmouth University, 2016 and has an MFA from the University of Ulster, Belfast, 2008. Her experimental style of photography won the Michael Marks Illustrated Poetry Award at the British Library, London, 2016.
Dunne’s miniature tableau's reveal hidden worlds developed through research in photography and camera obscura ideologies. Working photographically, each set plays with the theatricality of the reveal and the compositional layering of real space. Inspired by early Russian animation, her recent photographic work is shot using long-distance shooting techniques and obscuring devices, creating illusory atmospheres and depth of field.
The work’s narrative remains open to interpretation, revealing a distinctly private world that plays on a sense of voyeurism. Obscured peep-holes and cinematic camera angles span dystopian landscapes, while strange figures from unlocatable periods question ideas about mortality and the uncanny. Secret realms that protect what lies within and grant its rite of passage.