Rachel Daly

Artist Statement:

“My work is an exploration of discomfort and artificiality within domestic space. Our interior lives are rooted to the spaces we live in, linking place with private psychologies of desire and anxiety. As the home is traditionally associated with a sense of security, my work ruptures this aspirational space and shows that there is more beneath the surface of the conventional. The things that console us and the ones we find unsettling often have the same origins. The home can slide from a comfort zone to a site of disquiet.

My practice includes digital and analogue photography, film, music and installation. Through bodily gesture, the constructed images depict intimate scenes of figures teetering on the verge of dysfunctional moments. Through the combined elements of installation, I play with the perceptions of the viewer in dislocating domestic space. The viewer is not provided with a full narrative but is instead presented with visual and transient fragments.”

Rachel Daly is a visual artist based in Cork City. Her current work explores discomfort and artificiality within intimate, domestic spaces. Upon graduating with a first-class honours in Fine Art from Crawford College of Art and Design, MTU, she was selected as a finalist for the RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition 2021 and has exhibited work in the RHA Gallery, Dublin, Lismore Castle Arts and the Lavit Gallery, Cork City. Her degree show work earned several awards and residencies including the Moving Image Bursary at the Backwater Artist Group, the MTU Registrar’s Exhibition Award, the Lismore Castle Art Graduate Award and a six-month residency in the National Sculpture Factory. Her debut solo show Semblance opened in the James Barry Exhibition Centre in March 2022. Her second solo show I’ll Be Seeing You opens in Studio 12 at the Backwater Artists Group from 16th June – 28th July 2022.