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artist statement

Iona Mackenzie is interested in the theory 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 anthropocentric material, Iona examines this tendency to document our experiences by disguising them. As she excavates meaning, she encounters 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, 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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