Image: Tatjana Lynch
Zara Dudley’s practice predominantly addresses spirituality and its intersections with girlhood. Through the mediums of soft sculpture, video, collage, internet art and installation, Dudley explores her personal journey of healing and recalibrating the self.
Her personal narratives are presented through the employment of found object, unmonumental materials and a cyclical archive of supporting imagery and symbols.
Intuitive composition of her installations allows Dudley to articulate aspects of spirituality that require tactility and tenderness. By creating a binary between the decrepit and beloved, she bestows the status of ‘ritualistic debris’ upon her idiosyncratic collection.
Her process of making is motivated from material curiosity, innate sensitivity and visual satisfaction. Dudley investigates the action of uniting the everyday with the sacred through approaching materials with instinctive awareness of their past, present and future lives.
Experiences of sexual, social and spiritual trauma are communicated through the construction of private rituals, ceremonies, sacraments and scripture; ultimately cultivating Dudley's own private faith.
Dudley also endeavours to forge an interpersonal connection with her audience through the interaction with a fabricated, metaphorical body; drawing upon the maxim "By healing ourselves, we heal each other. By healing each other, we heal ourselves."