Rachel Daly


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 and Lismore Castle Arts. 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. She also has two upcoming solo shows in 2022, the first in the James Barry Exhibition Centre in MTU, entitled Semblance, and the second in Backwater Studios in June.

Artist statement

The work explores discomfort and artificiality within intimate spaces through the combined elements of photography, film, and installation. The work investigates unease and the darker side of relationships through photographic, musical, and cinematic tropes.
Our interior lives are rooted to the spaces we live in, places of private psychologies of desire and anxiety. Challenging the traditional idea of home as a secure space, this work ruptures these aspirations and highlights the friction between surface appearance and underlying tension. Themes of love and abuse are considered through the lens, voice, and perspective of a female.
Through bodily gesture, the constructed images depict intimate scenes of figures teetering on the verge of dysfunctional moments. Through the combined elements of installation, the work plays 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.

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