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artist statement

Iona Mackenzie is interested in the idea that fictional stories contain and preserve non-fictional histories. In her practice, she considers the way that symbols act as surrogates for things that are often too difficult or complex to communicate explicitly. Consulting archeological material and its associated narratives, Iona is intrigued by the way we have historically documented our experiences by disguising them. As she unveils the feelings beneath old engravings and tall tales, she encounters timeless lessons in love and strife.

In 2022, Iona had the pleasure of contributing to Ort der Kraft; an off-site exhibition in an Austrian cave, curated by Anna Bochkova. Curated by Torre Alain, Gözde Filinta, and Marian Luft, she also presented work at Keiv Space in Athens, Greece for the exhibition titled Dirty Laundry. Iona has additionally shown work in Sydney, for Salon of the Rose + Cross, courtesy of Ritual Transmission Agency. Closer to home, she has enjoyed exhibiting and performing for CAVES, Seventh Gallery, KINGS, and Temperance Hall, Creative Spaces, and Bundanon.

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I am living and working on the traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. I acknowledge and pay respect to their Elders - past, present & emerging.

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